Demolition of Castlereagh torture centre
Commenting after work began to demolish the torture centre at Castlereagh, Sinn Féin Assembly member Michael Ferguson said:
"Castlereagh Interrogation Centre is a by word for torture and abuse by the RUC Special Branch. Thousands of people were bought through the centre and abused and tortured. Others were threatened and ultimately set up for assassination. This included defence lawyers such as Pat Finucane.
"Its demolition while symbolic and welcome is not a substitute for an acceptable and accountable policing service. The Special Branch who operated the centre still exist. The cells and the interrogation rooms have moved to another site. So much work still remains to be done before we can confidently say that the human rights abuses which reigned in that building will never be repeated again." ENDS