INTELLIGENCE PASSED TO UDA
Unionist paramilitaries are believed to have been handed a
British Army dossier on leading republicans following an
incident at the top security Castlereagh base in east Belfast.
The UDA is reported to be in possession of the list, which was
'stolen' from Castlereagh in recent weeks.
It has emerged that a British soldier took military documents
from the interrogation centre earlier this summer.
Nationalist politicians have demanded an urgent meeting to
discuss the latest incident.
Amid signs of media management and damage limitation, British
security minister Ian Pearson has only confirmed that a document
The PSNI police said last night it would be improper to comment
about the matter, as it was currently under investigation.
The regiment involved is understood to be the RIR, a regiment
with a long history of collusion with unionist paramilitaries.
It was at the same complex in March 2002 that a previous
'break-in' took place. After initially blaming Crown force
insiders for taking sensitive documents, the PSNI police
subsequently blamed the IRA.
The allegations were firmly denied by republicans, but caused
upheaval for the peace process. No-one was ever charged over the
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly has demanded answers about the incident.
"If people's details are missing from Castlereagh the very least
that the British government need to do is to inform those people
without any further delay," said Mr Kelly.
"It is a disgrace that the British government have been sitting
on this information for some weeks therefore putting people's
lives in danger."