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Ó Snodaigh - Anger at Brendan McFarlane trial decision

8 December, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Aengus Ó Snodaigh today described the decision of the Supreme Court to allow a trial to proceed against Brendan McFarlane in connection with alleged IRA activity in 1983 as 'deeply flawed and nonsensical'.

Mr Ó Snodaigh said:

"During earlier hearings into this case the Gardai had to admit to losing all of the alleged evidence against Brendan McFarlane. That should have been the end of the matter. However in a vindictive move the DPP sought to go down the road of a trial.

"The decision of the Supreme Court to allow a trial to proceed in a case where the Guards have lost the supposed evidence is deeply flawed and nonsensical.

"Republicans will be angered by this turn of events. Brendan McFarlane is a solid supporter of the Peace Process and Sinn Féin will continue to demand the end of this judicial farce." ENDS

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