Court of Appeal quashes Conviction

Court of Appeal quashes Conviction

Ivor Bell has won his appeal against being found guilty of helping Gerry Adams in his attempt to break out of prison during the 1970s. Last year, Mr Adams won his appeal to have two convictions for attempting to escape from prison in the 1973 and 1974 overturned. The decision on Wednesday was based on a Supreme Court ruling that Mr Adams had been unlawfully detained. Mr Adams was interned without trial. This was a practice that was introduced in Northern Ireland amid spiralling violence in the early 1970s. More than 1,900 people suspected of being members of paramilitary organisations were detained, but many were arrested based on flawed intelligence. Mr Adams has consistently denied being a member of the IRA. Supreme Court justices had held that the interim custody order (ICO) relating to Mr Adams was invalid because it had not been personally authorised by the Northern Ireland Secretary at the time, Willie Whitelaw. Following that determination, Mr Bell challenged the legality of the verdict reached against...
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Challenges to Internment

Challenges to Internment

On 13 May 2020 the Supreme Court deliverer Judgment in the case of Gerry Adams. The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court declared the detention of Mr Adams unlawful and that now raises the potential for many more cases of internment in the 1970's to be scrutinised. Our Peter Corrigan is instructed by many former internees to quash convictions and seek compensation. Speaking with the Irish News he said, "proceedings had already been issued in a number of these cases before the High Court for the unlawful deprivation of their livery and false imprisonment that resulted." He went on to say many could be "entitled to aggravated and exemplary damages as a result of treatment they sustained whilst unlawfully interned". If you require legal advice on this issue contact us in confidence on 02890328383 or info@phoenix-law.org ...
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