Martina Anderson expresses condolences to family of Gerry McKerr
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has expressed her condolences following the death of Gerry McKerr, one of the 'hooded men' tortured by the British army in 1971.
Ms Anderson said;
"I was saddened to hear of the death of Gerry McKerr, one of the 14 'hooded men' tortured by the British army in 1971, and I send my condolences to his family and friends.
"The torment the 'hooded men' suffered last long after the torture itself had ended with victims experiencing long-term physical and psychological damage.
"Last year I brought representatives of the hooded men and victims of state collusion to Brussels to raise awareness of their cases.
"Sinn Féin has also been to the fore in supporting the hooded men in their ongoing case for justice at the European Court of Human Rights.
"This sad death highlights the need for this issue to be addressed as a matter of urgency so that the remaining 'hooded men' can get the justice they deserve."