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Sinn Féin welcome proposal for statutory rule on Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

13 January, 2011 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Raymond McCartney MLA has welcomed proposals brought to the Justice Committee today from the Department which proposes to make a Statutory Rule under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act here in the Six Counties.

The deputy Chair of the Justice Committee, Mr McCartney said;

“Given the history of the prison system here, particularly the number of suicides within jails over recent years, this is a welcome move. In broad terms the rule would apply to people, including juveniles, being held within all branches of custody here.

Many failings within the north’s prison system have been identified and Sinn Féin have already submitted a motion calling for a Statutory Footing for the Prisoner Ombudsman which would also allow for greater transparency and investigative powers; that aim must be achieved

The PSNI must also be free to investigate deaths in custody. The plan would not allow for ‘Crown Immunity’ from prosecution and that is a welcome move.

Our party welcomes this move and also the opportunity to bring it to the floor of the Assembly for members to debate and advance.” CRÍOCH

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