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Anger at jailing of Derry Republican over British Army murder of 14 people

19 January, 2005


Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has called on British Secretary of State Paul Murphy to intervene immediately and release Derry man Martin Doherty who was arrested and jailed earlier today for contempt of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Speaking at protest in the Guildhall Square Mr McCartney said:

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has called on British Secretary of State Paul Murphy to intervene immediately and release Derry man Martin Doherty who was arrested and jailed earlier today for contempt of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Speaking at protest in the Guildhall Square Mr McCartney said:

"It is a disgrace that after the Bloody Sunday Inquiry into the murder of 14 people on the streets of Derry by the British Army that Mr Doherty is the only person who has been jailed over the events of Bloody Sunday. I believe he is being scapegoated by a vindictive British judicial system".

"Mr Doherty maintains he has nothing to offer the inquiry as he was not there on the day and now he is being imprisoned for not testifying about events he knows nothing about.

"Bloody Sunday was a huge injustice visited upon the people of Derry by the British Government and now they have committed another injustice upon Martin Doherty over the issue. When one thinks that no one has been held to account for the destruction of the murder weapons despite a preservation order and a court injunction it is an indictment on the British Government that they have now jailed a Republican for contempt of court.

"I am calling on British Secretary of State Paul Murphy to use his powers and release Martin Doherty immediately and I am also calling on Dermot Ahern, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Dublin to also use his influence to secure Mr Doherty's release." ENDS

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