Statement from The Executive Office

Date published: 12 December 2016

Following public comments about Charter NI by Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin, the Executive Office said it would be in contact with the PSNI to seek clarification.


First Minister Arlene Foster, Health Minister Michelle O'Neill (representing deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness) and Justice Minister Claire Sugden today met with the Chief Constable George Hamilton and Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris.

An Executive Office spokesperson said: "Ministers were assured by the PSNI that it has no concerns about the work of Charter NI. It was also explained that the PSNI would itself continue to work with Charter NI.

"We have made clear that where there is any evidence of criminal activity, police should investigate thoroughly and bring those responsible before the courts. Courts and jail are the only place for anyone involved in paramilitarism.

“We have also emphasised that any individuals associated with Charter NI or any community enterprise must make a clear choice between paramilitarism and legitimate community work. There can be no acceptance of or ambivalence towards illegal activity.”

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