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Attwood’s criticism of Internee court action contemptible – McCartney

10 August, 2011 - by Raymond McCartney

Raymond McCartney MLA (Foyle) has described Alex Attwood’s comments on the legal action being taken by a number of Internees as contemptible.

Raymond McCartney, himself a former internee and Chair of Republican ex-Prisoner Group Coiste na n-Íarchimi said:

“Once more we have an SDLP spokesperson giving succour to the British military and political establishment here by uniformed comment in an effort to undermine a campaign for justice. I have no doubt that true to form once the campaign begins to show signs of success that SDLP spokespersons will be coming out of the woodwork claiming that they were supportive of it from day one.

“For Alex Attwood’s information there was no writ handed to the Secretary of State from ex-prisoner group, Coiste. The writ was delivered by six former Internees – representative of over 2000 individuals - who suffered torture and brutality at the hands of British forces while being held illegally without charge or trial. Coiste as a constituted Republican Former Prisoner Welfare group supported their action.

“The raison d’etre for the existence of groups such as Coiste is to afford support and assistance to former prisoners were possible and to do otherwise would be a dereliction of our responsibility. Alex Attwood would be better exercised by assisting the efforts to hold the British government to account rather than his petty involvement in the politics of ‘whataboutery’ to satisfy his anti-republican sentiments. CRÍOCH

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