20/03/2018

Unionist Calls On ECHR To Look Into Crimes Committed By The IRA

A unionist MLA has called on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to look into crimes committed by the IRA after the court ruled that men detained by the Army in Northern Ireland in 1971 did not suffer torture.

The party's Justice spokesperson Doug Beattie MLA also slammed Martina Anderson's comments.
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Mr Beattie said: "As a convicted IRA terrorist, Martina Anderson should certainly know a thing or two about 'cruel techniques' and 'torture'. Amongst the thousands of IRA victims were cases of people being abducted, held, tortured and murdered. Some were left at the side of a lonely border road. Others were dumped in unmarked and secret graves.

"Unlike the 'hooded men' they were not alive to tell the tale in a courtroom.

"The IRA was promoted, endorsed and justified by Sinn Fein for decades, and still is to this very day. Many people will now be asking if the Irish Government would be prepared to take such a stand for the victims of the IRA.

"Given the number of self-styled 'human rights' lawyers in Northern Ireland, one would have thought there would be no shortage of takers to highlight undoubted instances of crimes against humanity – including abduction, torture, murder and the targeting of civilians."

(CD/MH)

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