Special Branch 'dirty war' continues
Two Belfast men have come forward to reveal that they were
approached by PSNI police officers and asked to work for them as
One of the men, Paddy Larkin from the Ardoyne area of north
Belfast, said the police started to put pressure on him after he
had been charged with possessing a weapon.
The weapon was found in his car while he was in Scotland.
"The PSNI brought me to the harbour in Belfast to bring me to
Scotland and before the boat went we were in a restaurant," he
"One of them said to me, 'You help us and we will help you', and
showed me a wallet full of money.
"I said no, and then when we were in Scotland they tried it
again, when I was about to go into the court".
Police told him: "We can sort this out for you."
He said that for some time afterwards he received phone calls
from police officers asking him if he had changed his mind.
West Belfast man Gerry McCann said PSNI had put pressure on him
to become an informant following his arrest last June for
"They told me that my charges could 'disappear' if I kept eyes
on known republicans in west Belfast," he said.
Sinn Fein assembly member for west Belfast Michael Ferguson said
the incidents showed that the PSNI were again putting pressure
on Catholics and nationalists to act as informants against
He accused the PSNI Special Branch of 'still conducting its
dirty war against the nationalist community' and said such
incidents were taking place across the Six Counties.
"This sort of activity is bound to raise questions for those who
have been so vocal in their support for the current policing
"Arrangements which clearly have at their core the Special
Branch still active, still running agents, still trying to
recruit agents and still trying to spy on the broad nationalist
community. This sort of activity is not compatible with a new
beginning to policing.
"This is not he sort of activity that we will hear members of
the Policing Board discuss. The reality is that they are
powerless to do anything about it and they know that to be the
"I am calling on Hugh Orde to get his Special Branch off the
backs of these two men who have come forward and off the backs
of the nationalist and republican community as a whole. He
should end his media charm offensive and face up to the fact
that what currently passes for policing here is unacceptable and
incompatible with the demands of both Patten and the Good Friday