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Sinn Féin MLA welcomes Amnesty International call for investigation into torture claims

8 October, 2012 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has welcomed the call by Amnesty International for there to be an investigation into allegations of torture including waterboarding carried out by the British Army and RUC in the 1970s.

The allegations were aired in a BBC radio documentary Inside the Torture Chamber.

The West Belfast MLA said:

““I welcome Amnesty International’s call for an investigation into what is another shameful example of Britain’s involvement in the North.

“Among republicans and the nationalist community it was common knowledge that both the British Army and the RUC tortured defenceless prisoners.

“The claims of this torture were well documented at the time and available to those who would listen.  The British Government have been condemned by the European Court for inhuman and degrading treatment so this should not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed Britain’s record in Ireland.”

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