Shaun Harkin: Hooded Men: Decades later the ECJ failed these men, they would not use the word “Torture”. However it went back to the Supreme Court of Justice in the UK and a decision (unanimous) said “Their treatment was Torture”. Well done to the Supreme Court of Justice for having the courage rto exercise Justice in this case and with a unanimous decision. In this case thankfully “it was not Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”.

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In 1971, 14 men were detained, hooded, psychologically and physically tortured.

They were brutally beaten for days, denied food, water and made to believe they were being thrown from a height, when hooded and pushed out of a hovering helicopter.

They were never convicted of an offence.

The PSNI tried to thwart every attempt at justice for the 14 hooded men. The Supreme Court yesterday found that the PSNI were wrong not to investigate this torture.

This ruling comes at a time when the UK Government plans to close down paths to justice for victims of the Troubles.

Former PSNI deputy chief constable, now Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, is the person responsible for the decision not to investigate the torture of these men in a British army camp on the outskirts of Derry.

Drew Harris must be called on to explain his decision. At the very least he should apologise. In fact, he should be sacked!

Sean Murray’s powerful and unsettling documentary ‘Unquiet Graves: Uncovering Britain’s Secret War in Ireland’ details how members of the RUC, UDR and MI5 colluded with loyalist killers resulting in the murder of over 120 innocent civilians.

These sectarian murderers assassinated workers, farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and other civilians in a campaign of terror.

Now known as the Glenanne Gang, they rampaged through Counties Tyrone, Armagh and into the South in a sectarian campaign that lasted from July 1972 to the end of 1978.

A high court judgement in 2017 found Drew Harris to be obstructing an inquiry into the sectarian gang. He was accused of an “extreme” abuse of power in closing down an independent inquiry into state collusion with the Glenanne gang. He was accused of making it clear that “the state is not genuinely committed” to uncovering collusion or addressing the concerns of victims’ families. See less


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