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Sinn Féin TD to present 'Book of Evidence' to Gardaí in relation to 'extraordinary rendition' flights

21 February, 2006

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, will tomorrow present the Gardaí, at their Harcourt Street headquarters, with a 'Book of Evidence' and will call for action to prevent any further abuses of Irish and international law in relation to the practice of "extraordinary rendition" currently being used by the US in its so-called 'war on terror'. Deputy Ó Snodaigh will present the book to Gardaí at 1pm tomorrow afternoon and will be available to talk to the media outside the main entrance to the headquarters.

Speaking in advance Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The practice of 'extraordinary rendition' violates a range of fundamental human rights. The practice also violates the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners approved by the UN Economic and Social Council in 1957, in addition to the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials and the Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under any form of Detention or Imprisonment adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 and 1988 respectively.

"Given the governments insistence on further evidence before they will act to uphold human rights, it is imperative that the Garda Síochána search all planes landing at Shannon or elsewhere in Ireland that are related to the US-led so-called war on terror. For this reason I am bringing my reasonable grounds of concern to Garda headquarters at Harcourt Street tomorrow and I will be asking the Gardaí to do their job and investigate the evidence." ENDS

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