Friday 24 November 2017

Violence 'poster boy' takes PSNI to court

A TEENAGE boy has been given the right to challenge a police force over the publication of his photograph as part of a probe into street violence.

A High Court judge in the North ruled yesterday there was an arguable case that using the 14-year-old's image in the media and leaflets breached his right to privacy.

Lawyers for the teenager, who cannot be identified, are also to seek an undertaking from the PSNI that 'Operation Exposure' will be put on hold until the challenge is decided.

The PSNI initiative involves the publication of photos of those suspected of involvement in sectarian clashes in Derry.

The case will now proceed to a full application for judicial review in the North, which is set to be heard in December.


Koulla Yiasouma, director of the organisation Include Youth, welcomed the court's decision.

"Include Youth is thoroughly opposed to the publication and distribution of any photographs of children who are alleged to have committed a crime or anti-social behaviour -- it is a breach of their rights."

Policing Board member Martina Anderson also welcomed the development as she believes the project "had implications for civil and human rights of children, some as young as 11".

The judge ruled there was an arguable case on one ground alleging a breach of the teenager's right to privacy under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Irish Independent

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