Where Conjecture Replaces Evidence
Seamus Kearney at 56 years of age is selectively punished by the British State for being an uncompromising republican. He is convicted on “bad character” evidence which allows a Diplock judge to adduce guilt for a shooting in 1981 based on Seamus being charged with shooting at a UDR patrol in 1984.
He is also convicted on circumstantial evidence: a cigarette butt in a public carpark! If ever I sat through a stitch-up trial this surely was it. Conjecture replaces evidence as the standard for assessing guilt.
Gerry McGeough faced a similar vindictive experience and no doubt many more republicans will find ourselves on the wrong side of a prison cell for not sucking up to the British truncheon. Martin Corey has been interned for the past three years and hardly a word of concern is raised by those politicians who
would claim to be republican and for social justice.
There is absolutely no doubt to the guilt of Derek Wilford O.B.E. and his 'courageous' paratroopers who slaughtered 14 innocents in Derry. Nor is there any doubt to the guilt of the paratroopers who carried out the massacre in Ballymurphy.
There is no doubt to the guilt of the Glenane Gang which slaughtered Catholics with impunity throughout the Murder Triangle and carried out the Dublin-Monaghan bombings (the biggest act of mass murder in our troubled recent past), and there is no doubt to the guilt of RUC Special Branch and the British Army’s Force Research Unit which actively colluded with Loyalist death squads targetting and killing innocent Catholics.
When will we see these British/Loyalist mass-murderers face the same rigor of the law as elderly, geriatric republicans?
Don’t hold your breath. The justice system here is still a Britsh travesty of justice designed to punish the Irish and grant immunity from murder and terror to the British forces and their loyalist allies.