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The Framing of Michael McKevitt

category international | crime and justice | news report author Sunday June 25, 2006 01:31author by Political Hostage - Michael McKevitt Justice Campaignauthor email politicalhostage at eircom dot net Report this post to the editors

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“A false illusion is created in this case that indirectly justice is being done for the victims of the Omagh atrocity and their families. False. This a short-term gain and a long-term loss.”

Mons. Raymond Murray:

This pamphlet entitled The Framing of Michael McKevitt is disturbing. For me it is a strong argument for the legal innocence of Michael McKevitt on the charge of directing the activities of an illegal organization and membership of the same organization namely the Real IRA. Its portrayal of the injustices of his trial in a Special Court is familiar one to me. I co-authored similar cases and situations in pamphlets like Corruption of Law in 1974 ( a memorandum to the Gardiner Committee on the working of Emergency Legislation in northern Ireland). The Birmingham Framework published in 1977 one year after the trial and condemnation of six innocent men, and British Justice is Flawed written in 1988 in which Fr. Faul and I examined the ways in which people suspected of political offences are treated in England and the lack of safeguards that existed and one could say still exists there. Of course this very same unjust treatment of political suspects and lack of safeguards is what is argued by Marcella Sands in the case of Michael McKevitt. One calls to mind also the IRSP pamphlet Framed through the Special Court: The ‘Great Train Robbery’ Trial. Has the Irish state not learned a lesson to be scrupulous in protecting its institutions of justice?

The first question: were those who belonged to the 32 County Sovereignty Movement entitled to voice their political views on a sovereign 32 county Irish state? Bernadette Sands-McKevitt was a founder member. Did that mean she was linked to the Real IRA and then automatically, in speculation, of participation in the Omagh bombing. Neither Michael nor Bernadette McKevitt have been questioned or arrested by the police for the Omagh bombing. Will the media redress its culpability in naming Michael McKevitt as a perpetrator of the Omagh bombing? This shocking atrocity is surrounded by unanswered questions regarding the foreknowledge of the bombing on the part of MI5 and the Special Branch of the then RUC. Why does the Secretary of State Mr. Peter Haine, who I am sure has access to all the papers of the state, not help to reveal the truth of the whole Omagh tragedy by giving independent legal people access to all the documentary resources? The policy ‘public interest and national security’, proclaimed by the British Attorney General Sir Patrick Mayhew, in 1988, in preventing the prosecution of some RUC officers in respect of ‘Shoot to Kill’ cases in County Armagh, is reflected again and again in a cover-up to protect RUC members, MI5 and their informants. There is a state determination not to reveal the details of RUC and MI5 informants who were mixed up in deadly crime.

Has a philosophy of ‘public interest and national security’ spilled into the Irish Republic in a policy of taking short cuts to suppress subversion and political crime? Has this affected the Gardai Siochana?

The activitiy of the Garda Emergency Response Unit as depicted is this pamphlet is shocking. It amounts to harassment and persecution of the McKevitt family, parents and children, and visitors to their house. Why was this tolerated by the Garda authority in a region which still reverberates from Garda neglect in the investigation of the murder of Seamus Ludlow on 1 May 1976? This is damaging to society. Can action still not be taken against Gardai who were involved in the severe harassment of the McKevitts, which in itself cast suspicion on them? Were their official complaints just ignored and what does that say about people’s protection? Who were the Gardai responsible for the release to the media of Michael McKevitt’s photograph taken while he was in custody and why have they not been investigated for endangering his life?

Central to this pamphlet is the story of the use of the highly paid informant David Rupert by the FBI, MI5 and Gardai, and the acceptance of his evidence by the courts, evidence that was often contradictory. The fundamental purpose of the law is to protect the right to life and the liberty of the citizen from the arbitrary tyrant of despot—only secondarily does it protect the citizen from the law breakers among themselves. This supergrass double-agent system is a perversion of justice and destructive of law precisely because it removes the final and most important shield of protection from the citizens. Evidence of paid and schooled informants resembles the basis for internment where persons were put into jail on the suspicion, prejudice or dislike of anonymous state agents. In this supergrass system a person can be jailed for a long period on the uncorroborated evidence of a person of dubious character. Judges are gravely at fault in accepting supergrass evidence. The recruitment of supergrasses makes their subsequent evidence unreliable, their character being smeared with money rewards and promises of more money. The social and political consequences of accepting the evidence of long term paid informants like David Rupert are very serious and long lasting. Confidence in the domestic courts is lost and now the McKevitt case must seek justice in the European commission and court at Strasbourg. A false illusion is created in this case that indirectly justice is being done for the victims of the Omagh atrocity and their families. False. This a short-term gain and a long-term loss.

To read this pamphlet leaves one with a serious question. Is the administration of law in Michael McKevittt’s case, based on a paid informant’s evidence, impartial? Marcella Sands also argues strongly that MI5, FBI and special police investigators have been selective in the production of documentary evidence. Another serious question—is this administration of law impartial that is backed by the selected information of secret societies like MI5,FBI and special investigators who work in a murky world? The answer is no. In Michael McKevitt’s case the law is crawling in a humble submission before the will of the state and the media to condemn. Alas for the rights of man, for justice, for fair play.

Related Link: http://www.michaelmckevitt.com

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   A sense of balance     Hmmm    Sun Jun 25, 2006 15:25 
   he should have a right not to be framed     Barry    Sun Jun 25, 2006 16:41 
   cop on already     chico    Mon Jun 26, 2006 03:35 
   chico ?     32    Mon Jun 26, 2006 17:06 
   answers     ffs    Mon Jun 26, 2006 17:27 
   ffs     tom eile    Mon Jun 26, 2006 17:42 
   negligent     negligent    Mon Jun 26, 2006 18:07 
   negligent     tom eile    Mon Jun 26, 2006 18:30 
   this issue of american support groups     Barry    Mon Jun 26, 2006 18:33 
 10   done     negligent    Mon Jun 26, 2006 18:54 
 11   youre done ?     Barry    Mon Jun 26, 2006 19:00 
 12   Groups with no support     Paul    Mon Jun 26, 2006 21:17 
 13   control     Barry    Mon Jun 26, 2006 23:59 


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