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Sinn Féin welcome decision not to stand over convictions

16 November, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin Policing Board Member, Martina Anderson MLA (Foyle) has welcomed the decision taken by prosecutors on Friday last that they "do not intend to stand over" the convictions of a number of Derrymen prosecuted and sentenced for serious offences while teenagers in the 1970's.

Martina Anderson said:

“I congratulate all involved in the fight to have these convictions quashed and the innocence of these men established.

“The appeal process has so far succeeded in exposing what passed for a justice system during the years of conflict. It also exposes the blind eye approach adopted by most politicians who claimed the existence of collusion and corruption in the justice system was Sinn Féin propaganda.

“These cases and others to come are an indictment of the political and social establishment who chose to stay silent while these injustices were inflicted on individuals who were no more than children at the time.

“But recent developments are a tribute to the resilience of those who refused to accept the unacceptable and fought the system to have their convictions overturned.

“If evidence of the need for Policing and Justice reform and for it to be brought under accountable control of the locally elected Assembly I believe that we need look no further than these cases. No more can we allow the law makers to be law breakers". CRÍOCH

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