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9 August, 2011 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann has welcomed the decision by former internees to take a court case against their unlawful arrest and detention.

Speaking on the 40th anniversary of the introduction of internment Mr McCann said,

“As a former internee I have firsthand experience of what the men and women who were arrested went through. Many people were badly beaten and tortured by both the British Army and RUC during the arrest operation for internment.

“Many of the people interned still suffer the traumatic effects of that period yet have never been issued with as much as an apology even though the British Government recognised that many of the people arrested were innocent.

“I welcome the decision today to serve papers on the British MOD, RUC, British Secretary of State and the estate of the late Brian Faulkner and I am fully supportive of it.

“Listening to the stories today reminded me of the pain endured not only by the internees but by entire communities due to the illegal nature of this British government operation.

“I would call on all former internees to come forward and have their story documented so that other cases can also be lodged.

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