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Sinn Féin welcome overturning of verdict

21 June, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has welcomed the decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn the conviction of local man Liam Holden.

Liam Holden spent 17 years in jail after being convicted of killing a British soldier, his original death sentence was commuted to a life term.

The West Belfast MLA said:

“Liam Holden was one of many innocent nationalists at the time who were taken from their homes and tortured by the British army.

“Being subjected to water torture and brought to a loyalist area where he had a gun pointed at his head and was threatened with being shot, would not have been a rare experience for those arrested.

“There were many victims of British state violence and not all of them died including countless people that suffered in similar ways to Liam Holden.”

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