Catholic priest criticises justice system over Justice For The Craigavon Two
The state is supposed to be the servent of it’s citizens, not the master – Monsignor Raymond Murry.
Veteran human rights campaigner Monsignor Raymond Murry has criticised the Justice System in the North of Ireland.
The Catholic priest told an event in Co Derry that there is currently “no adequate peocedure for undoing miscarriaiges of justice” in the North of Ireland. Friday’s event was organised by supporters of the Craigavon Two men Brendan (Yandy) McConville (43) and John Paul Wootton (23), who are both serving lengthy sentences in Maghaberry Gaol for the murder of RUC/PSNI officer Stephen Carrol. The pair deny any part in the (CIRA) Continuity IRA sniper attack but lost an appeal case earlier this year. McConville (Yandy) has been ordered to serve a minimun of 25 years for a crime he didn’t commit while Wotton’s minimum sentence was increased from 14 to 18 years last month. Constable Carroll was shot dead as he and colleagues answered an emergenceny call in Lismore Manor area in 2009.
Monsignor Murry, who has campaigned for the Birmingham Six and other miscarriages of justice in the past, offered sympathy to the family of Constable Carroll. But he said he was concerned about the case. “How can we fail to be anxious and concerned when we hear of injustice inflicted on individuals?” he said. “The state is supposed to be servent of its citizens, not the master. It always comes down to the indvidual with a name, a human being. “Names, Brendan Mc Conville and John Paul Wootton and their tormented families. They deserve our special attention. We must not seek excuses for ourselves in the matter of injustice by just proclaiming the abstract.” Monsigray also criticised the judicial system in the North of Ireland. “We still have special courts,” he said. “During the 30 years, conflict Diplock Courts were not acceptable by people seeking truth and justice and present tracings of its workings in the Justice and Security (NI) Act 2007 in non-jury courts with their aura of injustice are not acceptable. “The rule of law in the North of Ireland was corrupted by the use of illegal methods of interrogation and by the official efforts to cover up the use of these methods. The end can never justify the mean. Justice, not expediency is always the principle.”
With many thanks to: Connla Young,The Irish News, for the origional story