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Maskey: “Paul Goggins comments a retrograde step”

3 March, 2010 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin Policing and Justice Spokesperson Alex Maskey MLA has once again challenged the British Government to commit fully to the process of moving policing and the criminal justice system here in the north forward.

Mr Maskey was speaking after comments from the Paul Goggins claiming non-jury courts were ‘essential’.

He said;

“The notion expressed by Paul Goggins, that these non-jury, Diplock courts are in someway ‘essential’ is a retrograde step and flies in the face of the endeavours by many of us to move the policing and criminal justice system in the north forward.

It is a fundamental right that people have the opportunity to be trialled by a jury of their peers; we have seen all too often the abuses of the non-jury court system by the British Government in the past.

I will be expressing my very deep concerns to the British Government on this matter immediately; there is no place for these types of trials and they must be opposed.” CRÍOCH

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