The BBC reports a further wrinkle following SOCA’s seizure of assets belonging to Sean Hughes – Northern Ireland Regional Development Minister, Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy’s “good friend”. Sean Hughes wife, Annette, who was named in the court order as co-owner of the properties seized, is an independent member of the local District Policing Partnership. From the BBC report
Mrs Hughes, who is a member of Sinn Fein, is one of a number of people who serve as independent members while also retaining membership of a political party. SOCA has claimed the assets frozen on Tuesday came from laundering the proceeds of mortgage fraud, tax evasion and benefit fraud.
Adds From the updated BBC report
However, Sinn Fein Councillor and DPP member Packie McDonald said Mrs Hughes “had bravely stepped forward from within the republican community to engage in the new policing structures.” He added: “We have a mandate and we have an obligation to hold the PSNI to account. We will not be deterred in this by faceless securocrats, political raids by SOCA or demands from within unionism.”
[I told you the securocrats were back! – Ed] Indeed. But what’s this “We have a mandate”? Isn’t she an “independent” member of the DPP?