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Jobstown Trial raises serious questions – Jonathan O’Brien TD

30 June, 2017 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Welcoming the verdict issued in the trial of Jobstown protesters where six men were found not guilty of false imprisonment, Sinn Fein Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien said the nature of the trial will raise serious questions for the public.

The Cork North Central TD said

“It was blatantly obvious that these very serious charges should never have been brought forward in the first place by the DPP.

“I am also deeply concerned that the evidence given by a large number gardai during the trial was completely at odds with the video evidence admitted - especially as gardai have been recently making calls for the introduction of laws that would prevent the filming of those engaged in policing.

“While we obviously recognise the independence of the courts, the DPP, and the policing structures of the state, we also recognise that there is now huge public outrage following the vindication of the Jobstown protest.

“We believe there is a need for an inquiry that would examine how this trial came about and why these charges were brought in the first instance.”

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