Sunday 23 April 2017

Call for inquiry into claims of torture in North in 1970s

Former British prime minister Edward Heath Photo: PA Wire
Former British prime minister Edward Heath Photo: PA Wire

Daniel Gray

Amnesty International has called on the British government to investigate new allegations of torture in the North in the 1970s, including that the then prime minister, Edward Heath, was aware of the allegations.

Channel 4 News broadcast details of a number of cases of torture - including electrocution and waterboarding - by the British Army in the North in 1972. It also published what it says is a secret government memo showing that the prime minister knew about the alleged torture. Amnesty's Northern Ireland programme director Patrick Corrigan said: "The allegations against the UK are extremely grave: that they tortured their own citizens, and that this was known about and covered up at the highest levels of government. This matter could not be more serious and merits a full, independent investigation.

"Over four decades after torture in Northern Ireland was first exposed by Amnesty International and others, the UK authorities have still never conducted a proper investigation into the abuse."

Irish Independent

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