THE GUN USED IN THE MURDER OF STEPHEN CARROLL FOUND AFTER TIP-OFF!!!

SOLICITORS acting on behalf of (Craigavon Two) two men convicted of the murder of PSNI/RUC police officer Stephen Carroll have written to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) after new details about the case were made public.

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Brendan (Yandy) McConville and John Paul (JP) Wootton - wrongly convicted of murder

Brendan (Yandy) McConville (43) and John Paul (JP) Wootton (23) were convicted of killing the officer in Craigavon in March 2009. Both men have denied any part in the Continuity IRA (CIRA) attack that claimed the PSNI/RUC man’s life as he answered a 999 emergency call. It emerged this week, in a European Court judgement, that the gun used to kill Constable Carroll, pictured below, was discovered by police after a tip-off by a suspect, who was in custody at the time.

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Constable Stephen Carroll

The suspect is referred to in court papers only as RE. The suspect was initially charged with withholding information about Mr Carroll’s murder but these charges were subsequently dropped in mid 2010. Brendan McConville’s solicitor Darragh Mackin, of KRW Law, has written to the PPS requesting notes taken during police interviews with RE and asking what happened to the charges levelled against him.
Details of the case emerged after RE took a case against the British government over concerns that the PSNI/RUC was carrying out surveillence of conversations between him and his solicitor.

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Justice for the Craigavon Two #JFTC2

The man was arrested and questioned three times in the weeks after the officer was killed. Court papers reveal that he was assesssed by a medical officer as a “vulnerable person” and therefore should not have been interviewed – unless in exceptional circumstances – in the absence of an appropriate adult. Court papers reveal that before being seen by a solicitor or appropriate adult the man asked to speak to investigating officers “off the record”. During the course of that interview he “gave information which led to the recovery of the gun used in the constable’s murder.”

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His solicitors subsequently brought a separate case on his behalf to the European Court which this week found that secret surveillance carried out on solicitors and their clients is in breach of European Law. During the first two periods of detention his solicitor received assurances that consultations would not be subject to covert surveillance. During a third arrest the PSNI/RUC refused to give an assurance.
The court ruling found that the man’s Article Eight rights under the European Court of Human Rights had been violated.
Article Eight protects the right for private and family life, home and correspondence.

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Nichola Harte, of Harte, Coyle, Collins Solicitors, who represented RE, said the ruling has wider implications. “The European Court criticised the inadequate procedures currently in place in the North of Ireland for the handling, use, storage and destruction of information obtained from covert surveillance of legal consultations,” she said. “The police arrangements were and continue to be a violation of the right to respect for private life. “This landmark European ruling has implications for all legal consultations in police stations if subjected to covert surveillance.”
With many thanks to: Connla Young, The Irish News. For the origional story.

Parade organiser named

Organiser of weekend parade named

This is the man who organised a loyalist protest parade through central Belfast on one of the busiest shopping days before Christmas.

pictured: John ‘Dougie‘ Lanigan.
Photographs openly displayed on Lanigan’s networking site
Photographs openly displayed on his social networking site
John ‘Dougie’ Lanigan sporting a pair of glassses

Politicians from all sides called for the march to be banned or moved to another day. They and business leaders said the organisers’ identities should be made public so that they could be challenged. Police and the Parades Commission refused to publish the names for “data protection” reasons. Yesterday The Irish News revealed that the organiser whose identity has been concealed for weeks was John ‘Dougie’ Lanigan, pictued above. He is orginally from Belfast but is believed to live with his wife in Antrim. Two police officers were injured after the parade and the protest breached a commission ruling by failing to leave the city centre by 12.30pm. The march, which marked almost a year since councillors voted to restrict flying the Union Flag from the city hall, was organised under the name of Loyal Peaceful Protesters. The parade application estimated that up to 10,000 loyalists and 40 bands would join the demonstration but in the end just over 1,000 people and two bands materialised at the city hall on Saturday. The Sash was also played as the parade passed the nationalist Carrick Hill area of North Belfast. Friends took to social networking sites to congratulate Mr Lanigan for the protest, descibing him as “a true loyalist”. It is understood he was asked to hand himself in to police on Monday over a breach of a commission ruling. When asked by The Irish News on Monday night about his role, he said: “We have nothing to say to any of the papers.” Police  said officers interviewed a “49-year-old man in connection with a breach of a Parades Commission determination on Saturay November 30 2013 in Belfast city centre“. The man voluntarily attended a Belfast police station on Monday afternoon. He was later released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service. In September, the same loyalist organisation held another unlawful parade through the city centre towards the Shankill area. More than 3,000 protesters joined the Saturday afternoon demonstration, which breached a Parades Commission determination by setting off from city hall an hour later than planned. Politicians including Shame Fein’s Gerry Kelly, Alban Maginness of the SDLP and Glyn Roberts of the Nothern Ireland Independant Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) had previously called for the organisers of Saturday’s parade to be named. Mr Maginness said there needed to be more accountabilty from those organising parades. “If there is not a duty on those who have made the application to disclose their identity there ought to be in the interests of scrutiny,” the North Belfast MLA said ahead  of Saturday’s protest. “It’s reasonable for those who are organising to identify themselves or be identified.

With many thanks to: Brendan HughesThe Irish News.

CALLS FOR BANDSMEN TO BE PROSECUTED FOR BREACHES

‘There is growing public opinion that those who march in these bands and breach determinations have a level of impunity – Caral Ni Chuilin.

THERE have been calls for prosecutions against bandsmen who repeatedly flout Parades Commission determinations outside St Patrick‘s Church on Belfast’s Donegal Street.

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In the latest incident on Saturday, a band taking part in a Royal Black Institution parade played The Sash while Mass was being celebrated inside. The Parades Commission had ruled that the return parade be completed ahead of Mass on Saturday evening. The latest breach by loyalist bandsmen outside St Patrick’s comes on the back of a number of breaches so far this year. On July 12 last year, the Young Conway Volunteers band drew widespread criticism after its members were videoed marching in circles outside the church while playing the sectarian ‘Famine Song‘. Dozens of loyalist bandsmen are facing prosecution over the incident, which prompted subsequent restrictions from the parades body. Fr Sheehan said it was regrettable that the PSNI had allowed the parade to pass the church during Mass.

North Belfast politicians urged the authorities to get tough with those flouting parades rulings. Carpal Ni Chuilin, the Stormont culture minister, said there was a growing concern that those who breached the parades body’s rulings were escaping prosecution. “There have been consistent breaches this year by bands of conditions laid down by the Parades Commissions determinations,” said the Sinn Fein MLA. “There is growing public opinion that these bands and breach determinations have a level of impunity.” North Belfast assembly member Albany Maginness called for “decisive action” from the police and Public Prosecution Service (PPS) to target those responsible for the breaches. The SDLP representative said Massgoers consistently complained to him about the lack of prosecutions.

“I have no complaints about the policing, which was fair and reasonable, but these repeated violations of Parades Commission determinations need to be addressed and I see no evidence of that from the PSNI or PPS,” he said. A spokesman for the Parades Commission said the body would review its own monitor reports on Saturday’s parade as well as information from the PSNI. “Any breach of a determination is a matter for the police to investigate and those involved could be liable to prosecution.”

With many thanks to : John Manley (Political Reporter), The Irish News.

LOYALIST VICTIM’S FAMILY STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE

Trial of 12 men charged put back again 4 years after sectarian killing

MORE than four years after 12 men were charged with the sectarian killing of Kevin McDaid his family have asked ‘why are we still waiting for justice?’ Mr McDaid, (49), was beaten by a loyalist mob just yards from his home in the Heights area of Coleraine in May 2009.

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The Catholic father-of-four collapsed and died after being attacked by a gang who went on the rampage taking down Irish tricolors after Rangers (Servko) won the Scottish Premiership on May 24 2009. Twelve men have been charged in connection with the killing but have yet to come to trial. The case had been due to be heard at Ballymena Magistrates Court earlier this week but was put back until October. Last night the McDaid family hit out at the latest delay and questioned why the case is taking so long to come to court. Mr McDaid’s son Ryan said they felt they were “never going to get justice for my father”. “They said they needed more time to look at papers. My father’s been dead four and a half years, surely they had enough time to look at papers,” he said. The Public Prosecution Service said last night that the defendants ‘ legal teams had applied for more time to read documents they were given last year.

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The Northern Ireland Court Service, meanwhile, said the issue of continued delays was a matter for the legal teams in the case. Mr McDaid’s killing led to huge sectarian tensions in the Coleraine area and was raised in the assembly. The 12 men are also accused of the attempted murder of Mr McDaid’s friend in the same attack. “The PPS was ready to proceed with the committal hearing on Tuesday, however, the court agreed to a defence application for a further adjournment to allow time for the defence to read the disclosure papers which were served in October 2012 and further papers which were made available to the defence on July 8 this year,” a spokeswoman said. Court Service, meanwhile, said the issue of continued delays was a matter for the respective legal teams. It is understood the PPS met the McDaid family following the latest adjournment. The key prosecution witness is on remand in Maghaberry prison on drug charges. He was arrested in February.

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With many thanks to : Maeve Connolly, Irish News.

Wisconsion’s Zach Gevelinger released after nine days in the North of Iredand.

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UPDATE:

Story Updated: Jul 15, 2013

BELFAST, NI-On Monday, Northern Irish Police released a statement saying that a man in his 20’s arrested after visiting a female prisoner July 6th, had been released from detention on the 15th.

CBS 58 News has confirmed that the man they are referring to is one time UW-Platteville student Zach Gevelinger.

Communications Director Gordon Fyffe said “A man aged in his 20s, who was arrested in the Belfast area on  Saturday 6 July by Detectives from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch investigating dissident republican activity, has today (Monday 15 July) been released pending a report to the PPS.”

PPS stand for Public Prosecution Service.

Gevelinger’s attorney told Allison Morris of the Irish News in Belfast that Gevelinger was hospitalized Saturday after suffering some sort of seizure.

On Friday, one day after CBS 58 News reported on the arrest of a UW Platteville student in Northern Ireland his aunt issued a statement.

24 year old Zachary Gevelinger from Dodgeville, Wisconsin was apparently arrested this week in Northern Ireland.

In the written statement, Jan Gevelinger said:

“Zachary Gevelinger has neither committed nor been charged with any crime.

We fully expect that Zach will be released very soon.

The family asks that you respect their privacy, and will have no further comment.”

The Irish News in Belfast ran an article saying he was detained after visiting with a woman who has been charged with throwing a pipe bomb at two police officers in Belfast.

Gevelinger’s grandmother told CBS 58 News that she had no details about what happened.

Northern Irish media is reporting that Gevelinger’s computer and other items were seized as part of a search of his hotel room.

An Independent lawmaker who was  formerly with the Sinn Fein party, which is sympathetic to the Republican cause of Britain out of Ireland, told reporters in Belfast that Gevelinger was a pen pal to Christine Connor.

Connor is facing charges of attempted homicide and possession of pipe bombs.

None of the media coverage of her case indicates that she is affiliated with any terrorist organizations.

The serious crimes division is said to have brought Gevelinger into custody as part of an investigation into Republican dissident activity.

Local journalists tells CBS 58 News that nine days of questioning, even by Northern Ireland standards, seems excessive.

Donal O’Meadhra who runs a United States based organization to provide pen pals and support to prisoners in Northern Ireland tells CBS 58 News that Gevelinger was on a humanitarian mission.

“Could you imagine what would happen if this happened anywhere but the UK?” O’Meadhra said, “Yanira Maldonado was all over FOX and CNN in May when she was arrested in Mexico

15 BAND MEMBERS CHARGED OVER TUNE PLAYED OUTSIDE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Prosecutors say Famine Song was provocative

MEMBERS of a loyalist band are to be prosecuted for playing a sectarian tune near a Catholic churchThe Irish News understands that 15 members of Dunmurry Protestant Boys face charges of playing the Famine Song during an Apprentice Boys Rememmember dance Day parade past St Patrick‘s Church in central Belfast last November.

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The Public Prosecution Service‘s decision comes days before the Tour of the North, the first major parade of a highly charged marching season. The 15 will not be charged with breaching a Parades Commission determination – which on the day was an order to play only hymns – but with ‘provocative conduct’. It is understood that band members will argue that they did not strike up the Famine Song until they thought they were clear of the restricted zone outside the church. The anti-Irish and anti-Catholic song, played to the tune of the Beach Boys hit Sloop John B, is popular with some Rangers FC fans and loyalists. On the Twelfth of July last year another loyalist band, Shankill Road-based Young Conway Volunteers, were filmed playing the tune while walking in circles outside the Donegall Street church. Meanwhile, it was argued in the High Court on Wedensday that police allowed Union Flag protesters to stage illegal marches into the city centre every week for up to three months. Lawyers for a resident of a nationalist area said all involved in the unnotifed parade should have been arrested for criminal offences.

“I’m expressing disappointment that people feel a need to prosecute for what was a genuine mistake – Jim Brownlee.

The controversy came several months after another controversial band, the Shankill Road-based Young Conway Volunteers, was filmed walking in circles outside the church while playing The Famine Song on July 12 last year. Fourteen members of the band, including a 15-year-old boy, were later questioned by police in relation to provocative behaviour outside the church. One man was later convicted in connection with an assault which took place during the incident. Violence flared during a Royal Black Institution parade past St Patrick’s the following month as community relations in the area hit a new low. Earlier this year, The Irish News revealed that 37 people were facing prosecution arising out of alleged breaches of a Parades Commission determination during the procession. Speaking last year after the incident involving Dunmurry Protestant Boys, St Patrick’s adminstrator Fr Michael Sheenan expressed his disappointment that the Parades Comnission determination had been broken. Carrick Hill Concened Residents Committee chairman Frank Dempsey said the determination breach had caused insult to residents. The incident took place just weeks after The Irish News revealed that the Apprentice Boys and nationalist residents from Carrick Hill had held talks in a bid to ease tensions around the parading issue. “I’m expressing disappointment that people feel a need to prosecute for what was a genuine mistake,” Apprentice Boys governor Jim Brownlee said on Wednsday night. A spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service said : “I can confirm a decision has been taken to prosecute a number of individuals in this case.” News of the prosecutions came after the Orange Order revealed its “template” to help reduce tensions in the area earlier this week.

With many thanks to : Connie Young, Irish News

OFFICERS TO GIVE EVIDENCE ON PSNI/RUC ‘BID TO SABOTAGE APPEAL’ !

‘It’s our case  that police have manipulated and subverted the appeal process – Barry Macdonald QC.

POLICE decision-making and arresting officers are to give evidence about an alleged attempt to sabotage appeals by two men jailed for murdering  Constable Stephen Carroll, a court has heard. Amid repeated claims that the PSNI/RUC tried to stymie the legal process by detaining a new witness, senior judges were told covert surveillance recordings were also to be examined.

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Details emerged as an unprecedented bid to secure independent oversight of the ongoing police investigation was put back until October. Interference  has been alleged by lawyers for John Paul Wotton and Brendan McConville, both of whom are seeking to overturn their murder convictions. Constable Carroll was ambushed and shot dead as he responded to a 999 call at Lismore Manor, Craigavon on March 2009. McConville (41), of Glenholme Avenue in the town, is serving at least a 25-year sentence for the killing. Wotton (22), of Collindale, Lurgan, received a minimum 14-year term. Days before their joint appeal was to get under way last month, a man related to a key prosecution witness was arrested and held for two days before being released without charge. This man has made a sworn court statement branding his relative a compulsive liar.

According to defence lawyers police arrested him in a bid to pressure him into withdrawing his evidence and told him he would be discredited if he testified.The lawyers want the Court of Appeal to direct independent oversight of this aspect of the investigation. One option would be for the Criminal Cases Review Commission to intervene. A separate request has been made to the police oombudsman to look into allegations of misconduct. In court yesterday Barry Macdonald QC, for McConville, said : “It’s our case that police have manipulated and subverted the appeal process.” Questions to be decided in the defence application include :

  • Was  the surveillance operation properly authorised under laws governing the use of covert techniques?
  • Was the arrest of the new witness lawful and necessary?
  • Was there any attempt to presuade or coerce him to alter his evidence?
  • Has there been any police manipulation of the process?
  • If so, what are the consequences?

Mr Macdonald said he intended to call the new wwitness and at least one solicitor to testify. Ciaran Murphy QC, for the Public Prosecution Service, told the court that all police officers who had either decided to make the arrest or carried it out would be expected to give evidence. All interviews and recordings should be gone through as well, in a process that could take days, he suggested. Mr Murphy said he was satisfied proper authorisation was obtained in relation to the covert material. “If there is action by the police either inappropriate or unlawful, past or future, there is a clear remedy open to the defendants,” he said. However, Mr Macdonald expressed concern that the application would not be heard until October, when the appeal itself is scheduled to begin. “In the absence of any measures to provide independent oversight of this investigation the court itself will have exposed itself to possible liability for breach of article 6 [ right to a fair trial ],” the lawyer said. The case was adjourned for a further review next month.

With many thanks to : Irish News.

POLICE ‘TRIED TO SABOTAGE’ APPEAL IN CONSTABLE MURDER CASE

” Two police officers called at the house of this wwitness on whose fresh evidence we rely…. it appears they forced their way into the house and proceeded to warn him that if he went to court he would be discredited ” – Barry Macdonald QC.

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POLICE have made an apparent attempt to sabotage appeals by two men convicted of murdering Constable Stephen Carroll, a court heard yesterday. A new witness in the case of John Paul Wotton and Brendan McConville was arrested last week and held for two days before being released without charge in a bid to pressure him into withdrawing his evidence, it was claimed.

Senior judges were told officers had forced their way into his home and warned him he would be discredited if he went to court. Yesterday the planned five-day hearing of the appeal by the pair found guilty of the killing was adjourned because of uncertainty over the potential fresh evidence. Defence lawyers said they would lodge a complaint with the police oombudsman’s office. Constable Carroll was ambushed and shot dead as he responded to an emergency call at Lismore Manor in Craigavon in March 2009. McConville (41), of Glenholme Avenue in the town, is serving at least a 25-year sentence for the murder. Wotton (22), of Collingdale, Lurgan, received a minimum 14-year term. Dressed in dark suits and wearing shirts and ties, both men were led handcuffed into a packed Court of Appeal for the planned opening of their cchallenge.

Family, friends and supporters, including Paddy Hill of the Birmingham Six and Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four (pictured above), gathered in the public gallery a few feet away from the murdered officer’s wife Kate Carroll. They heard prosecution counsel Ciaran Murphy QC seek an adjournment because of the new developments. He said an arrest had been made last week as part of a surveillance operation. “There are a number of lines of inquiry that are not yet complete,” he said. Two lever-arch files of new material have emerged and include the contents of 11 interviews. Mr Murphy indicated that ongoing police inquires could take several weeks. McConville’s barrister Barry Macdonald QC stressed that the prosecution case was based entirely on circumstantial evidence, primarily from a man identified only as witness M who claimed to have seen McConville in the area at the time of the killing. Earlier this month a relative of witness M who did not testify at the trial gave an affidavit branding him a compulsive liar, the court heard. Mr Macdonald said the affidavit stated “that he was known to the family as a Walter Mitty, that made up stories, that he had a fertile imagination and you could not believe anything he said “. According to the relative, witness M could not have taken the route he claimed on the night of the murder because his partner was not welcome in his home.

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Mr Macdonald told the court : “Then last Monday two police officers called at the house of this witness on whose fresh evidence we rely. “On my instructions it appears they forced their way into the house and proceeded to warn him that if he went to court he would be discredited.” The three appeal judges, Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan and Lords Justices Higgins and Coghlin, were informed that letters of complaint were also to be sent to the Public Prosecution Service and the Law Society amid concerns that covert surveillance might have been used against the witness, his solicitor or both. Mr Macdonald described the application to adjourn the hearing as “suspicious to say the least”. Defence teams would have no faith in police carrying out an investigation into the issues raised because of the apparent conflict of interest, the barrister said. It was alleged that officers had been able to “arrest this witness and to subject him to pressure – we say improper pressure – with a view to securing the withdrawal of his evedence and therefore undermining the appeal”. Mr Macdonald called for a more independent oversight process. “I’m simply registering strong objection to the conduct that appears to have taken place here and flagging up our deep concerns at the prospect that police should be given more time to sabotage this appeal and put their case togeather,” he said. Following discussions Sir Declan confirmed that the hearing would be postponed until October.

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Solicitors seek ‘independent’ investigators

SOLICITORS acting for Brendan McConville will ask a court to appoint “independent” investigators after the PSNI/RUC was accused of trying to “sabotage” his appeal. Kevin Winters last night said he would ask the Court of Appeal to allow the Criminal Cases Review Commission to oversee the PSNI/RUC investigation into a new witness in the case just days after that witness signed an affidavit for the defence team. This arrest was made after a surveillance operation that is understood to have focused on several people. It is beleived to be the first time a court in the North of Ireland will be asked to remove control of an investigation from the PSNI/RUC and hand it to the commission. Set up in 1997 the commission reviews possible miscarriages of justice.

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Defence solicitors say it can oversee police investigations in certain circumstances. Mr Winters emphasised the need for an independant body to look at the matter. The police ombudsman’s office has also asked to probe the circumstances of the witness’s arrest. “We have concerns and they were highlighted in court about the manner in which the police have approached this and have written to the police ombudsman and in the strongest terms voiced our grave concerns,” Mr Winters said. The lawyer said he had also written to the Law Society and had asked the Public Prosecution Service to confirm it had offered direction or advice to the PSNI/RUC in relation to the arrest of witness M’s relative. A PSNI/RUC spokesman said : “Police inquiries into this matter are continuing and as such it would be inappropriate to comment any further.”

With many thanks to : Connia Young, Irish News.

ONE STATE AGENT MAY HAVE KILLED ANOTHER : LAWYER

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THE public has a right to know whether one state agent was allowed to murder another to advance within the IRA a court has heard. Lawyers for a husband and wife seeking full reasons why the Public Prosecution Service accepts that their convictions for offences linked to the interrogation and killing of a police informer should be quashed said non-disclosoure could lead to further wrongdoing.

Senior judges were told that PSNI/RUC and Police Ombudsman investigations into RUC and military behaviour in the case of James Martin and Veronica Ryan are under way. The West Belfast couple were convicted of the false imprisonment of Joe Fenton, a Special Branch agent and informer shot dead after being lured to a house in the city in February 1989. James Martin, who was also found guilty of making property available for terrorism, was later jailed for four years. His wife, formerly known as Veronica Martin, was jailed for six months.

Collusion = State Murder

Their case was referred back to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which examines potential miscarriages of justice. Last year it emerged that the Director of Public Prosecutions Barbra McGrory believed the guilty verdicts should be quashed. However, a public interest immunity certificate has been obtained to protect a confidential dossier containing relevant sensitive material. Lawyers for the couple are seeking a full and open judgement when judges decide whether to overturn their convictions. Sean Devine, counsel for Mr Martin, said the public deserved to know about secretive behaviour. He said a man with the initials FS – the next submissions are of my own not the lawyers just for the record – (Freddie Scappaticci) – Codename – Stake knife was at the centre of the case. – ( my own submissions closed).

” There could be landmines exploding silently around me as I make submissions because I’m in the dark about what the basis is for the proposed overturning of these convictions,” he said. If the speculation is correct and it’s the case that one agent of the state was allowed to execute another agent of the state to enhance his position with a paramilitary organisation so he could provide a higher grade of intelligence that needs to be stated.” Referring to the alleged mishandling of agents, Mr Devine said higher standards are expected from the authorities. ” If it’s the case that there was some profoundly embarssing behaviour and there may be widespread reprecussions, it’s better to lance the boil rather than to leave communities and individuals speculating about what went wrong,” he said. ” There’s been the destruction of lives and that can’t be remedied by more secretive behaviour on the part of other authorities.

“Unless the court does reveal what went wrong then those that have perpetrated this type of behaviour and those that are minded to do so in the future will continue to do so.” Richard Greene, counsel for Ms Ryan, said this could be her only chance to obtain answers about why she was jailed. Gerald Simpon QC, for the proseuction service, said that the case for delivering a closed judgement was “overwhelming”. He rejected claims that such a verdict would endorse wrongdoing. By simply quashing the convictions the court would be following the director in condemning such behaviour, he argued. He confirmed that the case has been referred to police. ” There is now an investigation into these events,” he said. Pressed by the judges on what priority it had been given, Mr Simpson said a meeting with the police ombudsman took place last week in an attempt to make progress. Lord Justice Coghlin said : “This court is charged with a public duty to deliver open justice. “There’s certainly, in my veiw, a viable arguement that by its inability to do that is a risk of harm being done not only to an individual but also to the public duty of the court itself.” Following Thursday’s submissions the three-judge panel reserved their decision on the application.

 

MARCH IN BELFAST TO HIGHLIGHT THE ONGOING INTERNMENT AND TORTURE OF MARIAN PRICE.

On May 27th in Belfast there will be a march to highlight the ongoing internment and torture of Marian Price. The march will leave Beechmount avenue at 2.30pm and arrive at Slievegallion drive for a rally. The rally will be addressed by Marian’s husband Jerry McGlinchey and others.

 Marian has been held in isolation for over a year despite being granted bail by the courts. Last week one of the charges she faced was dismissed.. The public at this point questioned why Marian remained in prison given the charge that led to her arrest had been dismissed.

The Public Prosecution Service were prompt to respond and announce their plans to continue with the investigation. Many see this as a stalling tactic designed to facilitate Marian’s continued internment. It must be stated the other charges Marian was bailed on are charges based on third party hear say evidence.

British secretary of State Owen Paterson justified sending Marian back to prison last May by claiming to have revoked the licence she was released on when close to death in 1980. However six days after her release Marian received the royal prerogative of mercy (pardon) which made redundant the licence she was previously released on.

The British authorities have claimed to have lost or shredded this pardon. There has been no investigation to try to locate this crucial piece of evidence as Marian’s legal team are confident this document could secure her release.

At this point Marian is chronically ill and in need of urgent medical intervention. Despite recommendations by health care professionals to have Marian treated in hospital she remains in prison on bail. This week Marian will be assessed by a doctor appointed by the United Nations. Marian has been subjected to what experts define as torture and denied the most basic of human rights.

The justice for Marian campaign and Marian’s family would call on the public to support Marian  by joining the march on May 27th. The event is organised by independent human rights activists and is not affiliated to any group or organisation

WITH MANY THANKS TO : Independent Republican News

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