Reflection on the past, relevant Now.

brokenjusticeNow on the second week of the court of appeal case of, the Queen-v- John Paul Wootton, Brendan McConville, Justice Watch Ireland would like to help contextualise the current event; with dictum from what was supposed to be one of the most progressive British Judges ever to hold senior office. In 1980, during an appeal by the Birmingham Six (who were later acquitted) Lord Denning judged that the men should be stopped from challenging legal decisions. He listed several reasons for not allowing their appeal:

“Just consider the course of events if their action were to proceed to trial … If the six men failed it would mean that much time and money and worry would have been expended by many people to no good purpose. If they won, it would mean that the police were guilty of perjury; that they were guilty of violence and threats; that the confessions were involuntary and improperly admitted in evidence; and that the convictions were erroneous. … That was such an appalling vista that every sensible person would say, “It cannot be right that these actions should go any further.”

 Below are the words, of the song ‘SCAPEGOATS’ written and played by human rights campaigner Christy Moore; (read More)

Craigavon Two’s Appeal update

Final Day of Appeal – ‘Justice for the Craigavon Two’
Judgement Reserved to be Handed Down as Soon as Practicable
j4c2Present at the final days evidence and submissions which were presented in the Craigavon Two Appeal trial at Belfast High Court were Constable Stephen Carrolls widow Kate Carroll the police officers involved in the original investigation and subsequent trial along with the the families of both the men seeking through their appeal to have their convictions quashed for the murder of Constable Carroll, Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton.
Detective Chief Inspector Harkness retook the stand this morning to continue to be cross examined by Queens Counsel for the defense Mr Barry McDonald .DCI Harkness proceeded to produce a document that he wished to read from which had not been previously been disclosed to the court the defense team or the prosecution.

This document related to a timetable of events which he (Harkness) believed proved he had been supplied with covertly recorded intelligence on April 12 2013 at 17.03 material which had been received on April 11 2013 by intelligence officers and then passed onto him ,that led him to believe that witness Ms father his family and indeed the community were in danger and this is the basis upon he which he tasked one of his officers to open a discreet investigation into witness Ms father at 17.10 on April 12 2013. (Read More)

 

Covert surveillance ‘Turned off’ during PSNI intimidation. 20/09/13

RUC_PSNIDefense teams for the Craigavon Two were in the appeal court today to seek disclosure of surveillance material relating to the harassment by the PSNI of a key defense witness for the upcoming appeal.

The close family member of Witness M, the key prosecution witness, came forward and gave a sworn affidavit destroying Witness M and his credibility.

The Close family member was visited at his home by the PSNI who he says forced their way in and threatened him to withdraw his sworn testimony, the family member refused to bow to the pressure and the following day was arrested and held for two days in Dungannon PSNI Station where he says he was pressured into withdrawing his testimony. (READ MORE)

Statement from the ‘Justice for the Craigavon Two’ campaign group. 29/04/13

310955_544022838974481_1376708387_nToday Both Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton were returned to Maghaberry Jail on the first day of their appeal against the wrongful conviction for the killing of PSNI officer, Constable Carroll.

It was with a sense of disbelief in the opening moments of the hearing that the public prosecution service called for an immediate adjournment due to what they called fresh evidence coming forward from a covert intelligence operation.

This ‘intelligence’ is purporting to the arrest of a new defence witness. This defence witness is a close relation of the key prosecution witness (Witness M) who is central to the original prosecution case. (READ MORE)

Letter from the Craigavon Two, Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton 26/04/13

craig.jpgWe the Craigavon Two as we have become known, Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton are to begin our appeal against our life sentence convictions for the killing of PSNI member Stephen Carroll.

We have consistently maintained our innocence and we believe as do others that the case against us represents a serious miscarriage of justice,we were tried in exceptional circumstances under the old and seriously flawed Diplock process, a hangover from the long conflict here, this system deprived us of a trial by a jury of our peers, instead a single judge presided over and convicted us.   (Read more)

Paddy Hill of the ‘Birmingham Six’ says the ‘Craigavon Two’ are INNOCENT

Paddy HillOne of the Birmingham Six has voiced concern about the convictions of two men for the murder of PSNI officer Stephen Carroll.

Paddy Hill last night questioned evidence used in the case of Co Armagh men Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton for the 2009 killing.

Mr Hill served 16 years in English jails after being wrongfully convicted of taking part in the simultaneous bombing of two pubs in Birmingham city center in 1974. (Read more)