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"Colin Duffy is as entitled to due process as anyone else"

27 March, 2009 - by John O'Dowd

"Colin Duffy is as entitled to due process as anyone else"  

Commenting after Lurgan man Colin Duffy was charged in connection with the attack at Antrim Barracks, Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O’Dowd has reminded the media that Mr Duffy is entitled to due process and more importantly the presumption of innocence.

Mr O’Dowd said:

“In the wake of Colin Duffy’s initial arrest his name and details were placed prominently in the media.

“Mr Duffy is as entitled to due process as anyone else. And importantly he must be presumed innocent of these charges. There seems to be some within the media who assume that because someone has a past history of involvement with republicanism they can assume guilt and report accordingly. This is irresponsible and unacceptable.”

Commenting on statements from Eirigi spokespersons directed at Sinn Féin O Dowd said:

"I was somewhat surprised to be challenged over these arrests by Eirigi given the fact that in the days following the arrests they moved quickly and publicly to distance themselves from Mr Duffy and others. Opportunism will not bring justice and accountable policing.  Commitment to radical change and strategic proven leadership will.” ENDS

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