Adams welcomes Government decision on 'Hooded Men' case
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has welcomed today's decision by the Irish Government to request the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in the case of the ‘Hooded Men’.
"I welcome today's decision by the Irish Government to request the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgment in the case of the ‘Hooded Men’ - 14 Irish citizens who were arrested and tortured by the British Army following the introduction of internment in August 1971.
"I raised this issue with the Attorney General and the government for some time and last week I wrote to the Taoiseach urging him to urgently conclude the Government’s deliberations on a decision to re-open this case, particularly in light of the December 4th deadline.
"I want to take this opportunity to commend the courage and dedication of the 14 men, the hard work of the their lawyers, the work done by the Pat Finucane Centre, and indeed RTÈ for the major documentary – The Torture Files - which reported on additional new evidence in the case.
"There is an onus now on the Irish Government to ensure that it prepares the most thorough, exhaustive, well argued case that it can in support of the 14 men and of the Government’s challenge before the European Court of Human Rights."