Gardai get 'evidence' of Shannon abuses
Published 19/03/2011 | 05:00
An anti-war group delivered two wheelbarrow loads of documentation to gardai in Shannon yesterday claiming it was "evidence" of human rights violations and other possible breaches of international law at Shannon.
Shannonwatch said it was following repeated requests from gardai to produce evidence to support claims of human rights violations and the illegal transportation of munitions and explosives through the airport.
Shannonwatch's John Lannon said: "We are providing gardai with evidence and supporting material to help them investigate violations of international and national law at the airport.
"While some of this information is already in the public domain, Shannonwatch is also making available details of specific aircraft which have been linked to renditions and covert munitions transportation from their own detailed records."
Dr Ray Murphy of Amnesty International Ireland said: "There is substantial evidence to suggest that Ireland has played a role in the rendition circuit but that to date the gardai have been either unwilling or unable to conduct searches and inspections."
Activist and former Irish Army commandant Dr Edward Horgan said: "We are not killing people here in Shannon but we are complicit in the killings of innocent people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and other countries. The new Government needs to step up now and fulfil this commitment to the people of Ireland and also implement the Hague Convention on Neutrality."