Ahern has 'no power to have SF leaders arrested'

11/02/2005 - 12:47:44

The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he has no power to have Sinn Féin leaders arrested for questioning in connection with the £26.5m (€38m) Belfast bank raid.

The Independent Monitoring Commission published a report yesterday accusing unnamed Sinn Féin members of sanctioning the robbery, which has been blamed on the Provisional IRA.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams subsequently challenged the Taoiseach to have him arrested if he believed the claims were true.

However, Mr Ahern said today: "Thankfully, the laws of this country doesn't allow me arrest anybody."

"The one thing we don't do in our kind of politics is go around picking up people off the streets. Other political people do that, but we don't," he added.

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