Thursday 27 April 2017

Criminals are at war with us all, not just each other

Don't ask Gerry Adams what should replace the Special Criminal Court. He hasn't got a clue, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams. Photo: Reuters
Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams. Photo: Reuters

Eilis O'Hanlon

Imagine that Thomas 'Slab' Murphy had been found guilty by a jury of his peers rather than by the Special Criminal Court (SCC). Who honestly believes Sinn Fein would have been any happier with the verdict?

On the contrary, they would now be claiming that poor Slab couldn't get a fair trial because the media had already subjected him to a disgraceful "trial by media".

Though if public opinion is so hostile to "good republicans" such as Slab, surely it is better for him to be tried before a non-jury court, where the biased opinion of 12 men and women cannot interfere with the impartial exercise of justice? It has to be one or the other.

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