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Double Standards - Questions need answering

Raymond Blaney • 27 February, 2004

Green Party Councillor Raymond Blaney compares the jailing of Belfast Barrister with the failure of the DPP to even contemplate investigating UTV Insight revelations about its Deputy Director Glen Irwin.

The Green Party Councillor said: "On Monday night last UTV Insight reported that the Director of the Department of Public Prosecutions sees no fault in his Deputy Glen Irwin instructing a forensic scientist last November to remove from his case file crucial evidence of a miscarriage of justice against two South Down men, Martin Brogan and Mark Carroll.

"Yet three days later the Bar Council launches an immediate investigation into Michael Kelly, a Belfast barrister after he was held in a cell at Dungannon Courthouse for allegedly making disparaging remarks about a judge.

"These double standards completely undermine public confidence in the judiciary and the criminal justice system.

"People have a right to question which offence is more worthy of investigation: two men victims of a politically motivated prosecution designed to incarcerate them for years or a Belfast Barrister allegedly speaking out of turn to a judge?

"Why is it that the personal feelings of judge Jeffrey Foote QC should take precedence over the feelings of two South Down men deprived of liberty for 14 months?

"People are entitled to know if there is a different law for judges and senior figures in the DPP?

The Green Party would like to know if Jeffrey Foote QC, or the Bar Council is in anyway perturbed by the revelations in the UTV Insight programme: Above Suspicion?"



















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1 March 2004


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Stevens, Inquiries, Resistance to Change
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Provisionals Attempt to Censor and Exclude RSF in Scotland
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Provisional Police?
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