‘Confessions’

Hundreds of men and women found guilty of terrorism offences in Northern Ireland during the Troubles are attempting to have their cases reopened, alleging that the confessions that led to their convictions were beaten out of them by police.

 

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), the body that investigates alleged miscarriages, has received applications from more than 200
people who argue that they fell victim to miscarriages of justice at the province’s non-jury courts.

 

So far the court of appeal in Belfast has heard 26 cases referred by the commission, and has overturned convictions in 24 of those. Solicitors in Belfast and Derry say they believe many more people will be applying to the commission in the near future…

 

Ian Cobain

The Guardian

October 11, 2010.

 

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/oct/11/northern-ireland-terrorists-miscarriages-justice

 

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