Come Clean

Craig Morrison and Martin Bright reported a story in yesterday’s observer that the British Government authorised the use of ‘CR’ or Dibenzoxazepine- a skin irritant 10 times more powerful than other tear gases – in 1973. There have been allegations that this chemical was used at long Kesh in 1974 and he reports that “More than 50 of the prisoners at Long Kesh who claim to have been sprayed with the chemical have died or have developed cancerous illnesses.” The story is also carried in today’s Irish News which reports that the MOD refused to comment.

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    if you read the piece, Ambrose, you’ll see the story was by two other Observer journalists – not Henry McDonald.
    I mean to say penning a report damning the British government for using gas on prisoners, gas which eventually resulted in their death, the same week as the gassing of Jews, Communists and others in Auschwitz is being commemorated would not be Henry’s style at all, at all.

    Many Thanks Oilbhéar Chromaill, it’s been changed. I don’t know where I got the idea it was Henry – I’ll Put it down to anger at such a dreadful story. A.U.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    One wonders will the British and Irish Governments be quizzed on whether this gassing of people constitutes a crime.
    But then again the government agencies investigate themselves in such situations and are therefore in a position to ensure that THEIR sides hands remain relatively clean.
    The no comment from the MOD just about says it all really.

  • Davros

    There should be a proper investigation of the claims.

  • El Matador

    “More than 50 of the prisoners at Long Kesh who claim to have been sprayed with the chemical have died or have developed cancerous illnesses”

    If this is true, it must be investigated to the full extent of the law.

    It’s unbelievable that stuff like this may have happened.

    I wonder was Sassoon and Owen would say