Justice Minister denies 'dark forces' at work in police

Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford pictured in 2010. Credit: PA\Paul Faith

The Northern Ireland Justice Minister has dismissed claims that "dark forces" are operating within the police service.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has criticised some elements within the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for detaining Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams three weeks before the European elections.

However Stormont Justice Minister David Ford said, "If there are dark forces within policing, I can see no sign of dark forces."

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