PSNI in breach of its human rights obligations – Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that the recent court judgement in respect of the PSNI’s abuse of power in refusing to investigate the Glenanne Gang raises serious questions about the willingness of the PSNI to respond properly to legacy issues.
The Sinn Féin leader today called on the British government to implement the Stormont House mechanisms in a human rights compliant manner; provide adequate funding for the mechanisms; and to ensure that there is specific funding for legacy investigations and inquests.
In his column for the Belfast Media Group and on his weekly blog site, the Sinn Féin leader commends the courage and determination of those families who have resolutely pursued the PSNI’s refusal to produce an overarching thematic investigative report into the activities of the Glenanne Gang.
Teachta Adams said:
“Last Thursday, in what was a significant judgement the High Court concluded that the PSNI breached its human rights obligations by not publishing an overarching thematic report regarding the murder of Patrick Barnard and 'its linkage to other murders and offences carried out by the Glenanne Gang.'
"In his judgement Justice Treacy “referred to case law which stated that 'conspicuous unfairness' amounted to abuse of power. The more extreme the unfairness, the more likely it is to be characterised as an abuse of power.
Justice Treacy ruled: “The unfairness here is extreme – where the applicant had believed that the murder of his brother would finally be considered in context for the purposes of discovering if there was any evidence of collusion in the murder, that process is now completed and will not be taken up by any other body.
"The frustration of the HET commitment communicated by the Assistant Chief Constable completely undermined the primary aim [of the HET] to address as far as possible, all the unresolved concerns that families have.
"It has completely undermined the confidence of the families whose concerns are not only still unresolved but compounded by the effects of the decisions taken.
"The ruling by Justice Treacy shines a light on the refusal of the British government to honour its commitments on legacy in the Stormont House Agreement and by the PSNI in breaching its commitment to produce an overarching investigation into the Glenanne Gang.”