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KConnor56 12-29-2002 05:34 PM

Irish Prisoner News
 
Here is the current news on Republican POW's held in Irish, & British prisons.

Republican POW's carry a tremendous amount of influence. One omly needs to look at Bobby Sands to see how much power they wield, & that is really only the surface. So when the following statement came from prisoners to the RIRA (Real Irish Republican Army, which has only been in existance for about 5yrs or so, but is currently at a state of war, & is carrying out attacks) (They are not to be mistaken for the PIRA -Provisional Irish Republican Army, The Provo's, who most people consider the IRA), it really created a firestorm on the streets of Belfast. A statement like this had never been issued by any Republican Prisoner group before.
It really was unprecedented.

The full text of the Real IRA statement reads:

"On Friday, September 27, in a written communication to the Army leadership, the [Real] IRA unit in Portlaoise Prison took the unprecedented step of calling the Army Council to stand down with ignominy.

"We will not demean our struggle or provide succour to our enemies by revealing the comprehensive catalogue of evidence which has exposed this leadership. However, we do feel duty-bound to state that this Army leadership's financial motivations far outweigh their political commitment to our struggle at this time.

"IRA prisoners find this morally and politically unacceptable. We believe that the current Army leadership has forfeited all moral authority to lead the [Real] IRA. To date, the leadership has failed to respond to our demand. Thus we feel we are left with no option but to withdraw our allegiance from this Army leadership.

"We would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to republican principles and reiterate our steadfast opposition to the Belfast Agreement and British rule in Ireland. Furthermore, in order to dispel recent, mischievous leaks to the media, we would like to
state that no IRA prisoners' representative has entered negotiationswith any government regarding the early release of political
prisoners."

It is signed: "IRA unit, Portlaoise."

A written addendum states that all Real IRA prisoners in Portlaoise and England "speak with one voice". This statement from the Real IRA prisoners has to be read against the background of the Real IRA's ceasefire declared after Omagh. Under pressure, a ceasefire was announced on September 7, 1998, but later the campaign was resumed
without warning.

While the statements represent not only the vast majority of Real IRA members, including the most significant leaders and founding members, there are some in the organisation who disagree. There is also one significant member in prison who does not want to disband or even go on ceasefire.

Liam Campbell, said to be the Real IRA's main strategist and a close associate of the current leader on the outside, is opposed to a ceasefire. Three weeks ago, he and two others were removed from the Real IRA landing in Portlaoise and are no longer aligned to the main group. A small number of prisoners in the North have yet to declare where they stand.

KConnor56 12-29-2002 06:00 PM

MI5 is the British FBI. They are in charge of Law enforcement in the British empire. MI6 is their CIA. This bombing is equivelent to our Oklahoma City Bombing. They are saying that MI5, & the FBI knew this was going to happen, & did nothing to stop it, & that the FBI, & MI5 informer was actively involved in the bombing. These are not just wild accusations either. It is becoming clearer & clearer.

Michael McKevitt, the founder of the terrorist group behind the Omagh bomb atrocity, is likely to serve less than two more years in jail in a deal designed to cover up MI5's role in Ireland.

The Real IRA, the organisation McKevitt formed five years go, was responsible for carrying out the massacre in 1998, the single biggest loss of life in the Northern Ireland Troubles.

McKevitt had been facing up to 15 years in prison over charges of directing acts of terrorism. He has been held on remand for two years in the run-up to this week's trial. But The Observer has learned that the Irish authorities have decided instead to charge him just with
membership of the Real IRA.

There is mounting concern within the Republic's Department of Justice and the Garda Siochana (Irish police) that a large-scale trial on directing acts of terrorism would expose MI5 involvement in the state.

The state's main witness against McKevitt is David Rupert, an
American citizen who claims to have infiltrated the Real IRA. Rupert, who is in protective custody in the US, not only worked for the FBI but also, unknown to the Garda's senior command, MI5.

McKevitt's legal team and supporters have also told The Observer there is a '90 per cent chance' that the charge of directing acts of terrorism - the same accusation which put loyalist leader Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair behind bars - will be diluted. This would mean the man who founded the Real IRA in November 1997 after a split in the Provisional IRA over the latter's ceasefire would serve just a short term in prison.

'The authorities in Dublin are terrified that a full trial on the
directing acts of terrorism charge, which would mean having to bring Rupert to court, would expose MI5's connection to the case,' McKevitt's support group said last night. They alleged that exposing Rupert would risk highlighting the role of two Garda officers who are thought to have helped MI5 in anti-Real IRA operations.

McKevitt has sought to distance himself from the Real IRA in the run-up to the hearing. He and 34 fellow Real IRA inmates are understood to be on the verge of issuing a statement calling on the organisation outside to declare a ceasefire. McKevitt's wife Bernadette, the sister of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, also supports moves towards a Real IRA ceasefire.

KConnor56 12-29-2002 06:10 PM

Miscarriages of JusticeUK (MOJUK)
Tele: 0121-554-6947
mojuk@mojuk.org.uk
http://www.mojuk.org.uk
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Protest Against Custody Deaths
4th Annual Remembrance Procession
Saturday 26 October 2002

Assemble, 1.00pm Trafalgar Square
Central London
(nearest tube, Charing Cross)

Silent Procession along Whitehall followed by Noisy Protest at Downing Street!

All welcome - please wear black - bring your group's banner but no placards please

Called by: United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC)

In 1969 David Oluwale became the first black person to die in police custody. That was over thirty years ago and hundreds of people have died in custody since then. Many of these incidents have been suspicious, yet none of the police officers involved have ever been convicted. Even when unlawful killing verdicts are returned at inquests charges against the police never follow. We have lost confidence in the ability of the system to deliver real justice.

The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC) has been set up to challenge this system and stop the killings of black and white people in custody. It is a coalition of families and friends of those that have died in the custody of police and prison officers as well as those who are killed in secure psychiatric hospitals. Together we are building a network for collective action. The manner of deaths of our relatives have been brutal -CS gas, long handled batons, restraining belts and guns are just some of the methods by which our brothers and sisters have been killed. These institutionalised and often racist killings are an affront to a society that seeks to be a civilised democracy. These deaths represent unacceptable breeches of human rights and must stop. The
UFFC's aims and objectives are to ensure that such basic human rights be upheld and stop deaths within custody. It is to ensure that when deaths do occur, that the whole truth as to how they were killed, by whom and why emerges. The custodial institutions must be made accountable to the communities that they serve and criminal charges brought against the officers and staff that are responsible.

UFFC was formed in early 1997 since then our consistent
challenges of the Police Complaints Authority, the Crown Prosecution Service and the government has made an impact and changes have been promised - but it is far from enough. Nothing less than the prosecution of the killers of our family members will do. On a number of occasions we have asked the Government to hold an inquiry into these deaths but they have refused. We can never forget those we have lost - and we WILL NOT allow the government to do so. On the last
weekend of October every year, we will hold a remembrance procession from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street, until the politicians finally act to prevent further deaths and more families suffering the grief we carry every day.

Our demands:
An independent public inquiry into deaths in custody.
All deaths in custody should be independently investigated.
The Police Complaints Authority be replaced by a body that is
genuinely independent of the police.
Prison deaths should not be investigated by the Prison Service.
Officers involved in custody deaths be suspended until investigations are completed.
Prosecutions of officers should automatically follow unlawful
killing' verdicts at inquests.
Officers responsible for deaths should face criminal charges, even if retired.
The police are must be accountable to the communities that they serve.
Legal Aid and full disclosure of information be made to the relatives of the victims.

Inquiries, further information:
United Families & Friends Campaign on 07770 432439
IRR News Service <editor@irr.org.uk>

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International Day of Protest - October 22

Vigil Against Deaths in Custody
5.00pm to 8.00pm
US Embassy
Grovsner Sq
London
(nearest tube Bond Street)
Called by:
United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC)
In solidairity with our brothers and sisters in America and with all grieving relatives and friends worldwide who have lost loved ones in state custody.

Every year on October 22, relatives and friends of people who have died in custody in the United States demonstrate in New York. Following a meeting with them in 2001, it was agreed to make October 22 an International Day of Protest Against Deaths in Custody.

The United Families and Friends Campaign is a coalition of the families of people who have died in custody. It is supported by INQUEST, Newham Monitoring Project and by the family campaigns of the following: Christopher Alder, Jimmy Ashley, Rocky Bennett, Orville Blackwood, Alphonso Coley, David Davies, Brian Douglas, Wayne Douglas, Joy Gardner, James Grafton, Glenn Howard, Paul Jemmott,
Shiji Lapite, Alton Manning, Leon Patterson, Kenneth Severin,
lbrahima Sey, Aseta Simms, Harry Stanley, Roger Sylvester and by many other families from across the country who have lost loved ones in police custody, in prison or in psychiatric hospitals.

Inquiries, further information:
United Families & Friends Campaign on 07770 432439
IRR News Service <editor@irr.org.uk>

KConnor56 12-29-2002 06:18 PM

Vulnerable teenager 'recruited as informer'

The Northern Ireland police ombudsman launched an investigation yesterday into claims that detectives had recruited a 13-year-old north Belfast boy with special educational needs to inform on republican paramilitaries. Nuala O'Loan's office confirmed it had started an inquiry after receiving letters from the boy's family and Father Aidan Troy, their parish priest in Ardoyne. The accusation comes at a time when the police intelligence wing is under intense scrutiny from Her Majesty's inspector of constabulary, Dan Crompton, who presented the policing board with a report criticising the branch over failure to observe best practice as regards information gathering and dissemination. Father Troy, who is also chairman of the board of governors at
Holy Cross Catholic girls' primary school, where a loyalist protest was held last year, said a representative of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) had approached him after mass last Sunday. "My immediate concern was for the
child's safety," he said. "I spoke to him and his mother and, while I cannot prove the claims, I am certain he is basically telling the truth. "The boy, who has perhaps the maturity level of a nine- or 10-year-old, attends a special needs school. He is terrified and deeply traumatised by what has
happened." Father Troy said the boy had told him that a few months ago the police picked him up with an older youth, suspecting they might have been about to steal a car. When he was taken to the police station his parents were not contacted. The boy said officers had told him the matter would not be pursued if he agreed to help them. "Given that I have been encouraging people to move forward and put their confidence in the police service of Northern Ireland, if this is true it is a very worrying development indeed and undermines what I have been trying to do," Father Troy said. A republican source told the Guardian that suspicion had fallen on the boy about six weeks ago after police found weapons thought to belong to the INLA, and he admitted
his involvement with the security forces during questioning. He said the paramilitary group had no intention of harming the boy but had decided to approach Father Troy as an intermediary: "It became clear this young man was
involved with the security forces, and the INLA took the decision to involve the church. "Here is a young boy in one of the most vulnerable sections of society who was ruthlessly exploited by an unreconstructed police force ... we urge all nationalists involved in the policing board to reconsider their
involvement in light of this." A police spokesman said he could not comment on the case under investigation by the ombudsman.


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