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Supergrass Trials based on a 'flawed piece of legislation' McCartney

1 March, 2012 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Fein Justice Committee vice-Chairperson Raymond McCartney MLA (Foyle) has said that he sees the Supergrass Trials as being based on a "flawed piece of legislation".

Raymond McCartney said:

"The collapse of the recent Loyalist Supergrass Trial was predictable because it was widely believed that this process is based on a flawed piece of legislation.

 "Common sense dictates that the two individuals described as 'assisting offenders' would never have been in court giving evidence against the defendants - many of whom themselves are widely acknowledged as being state agents' - if it were not for the fact that they were promised lighter sentences.

"We experienced the supergrass trials of the eighties which collapsed. Here we now have supergrass trials mark two. Mark one failed and failed miserably and I think that the new version is also destined for failure. A justice system designed for expediency does not serve society and is therefore not sustainable.

"Not only will it fail, but it will also ensure that once again the justice system will be brought into disrepute."

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