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O’Brien calls for measures to protect witnesses and jurors

26 May, 2011 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Responding to reports of an increase in prosecutions for intimidation of witnesses and jurors Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has said measures must be taken to protect those who help the pursuit of justice while maintaining the open and transparent nature of our justice system.

Deputy O’Brien said:

“I welcome the increase in the prosecution of those who try to pervert the course of justice by intimidating witnesses and jurors. However I am concerned that the increase in prosecutions is a result of an increase in these types of crimes.

“It is crucial that the Government puts in place measures to protect those who help the pursuit of justice by becoming witnesses or jurors. But we must also be careful not to dilute the open and transparent nature of our justice system.

“Measures which Sinn Féin supports include screening witnesses and jurors where necessary, making use of audiovisual equipment for witness testimonies, quicker trials and moving trials to different jurisdictions with jurors not chosen from the area where the crime was committed.” ENDS

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