Statement by TUV leader, Jim Allister:-
“Under the Proceeds of Crime Act it is possible to prevent profiting from crime and recovery of resulting assets.
“Gerry Kelly’s book, “The Escape” is patently an attempt to profit from the crime that was the Maze escape in 1983. Already the profits have been designated to assist an alleged terrorist facing trial in GB.
“I am, therefore, lodging a request today with the Chief Constable that he initiate investigations with a view to preventing anyone profiting from this crime.
“I am also tabling this Question to the Justice Minister:- ‘To ask DOJ will the minister invite the relevant agencies to act in respect of the attempt by Gerry Kelly and any nominated beneficiaries to profit, through publication of the book ‘The Escape’, from the crime of the Maze Prison escape.’
“Kelly already seems to be above the law when it comes to obstructing the police and climbing on landrovers. Is he also above the law when it comes to this scheme to profit from crime?”