Alleged terrorists allowed out of the country…

THE decision of Mr Justice Gillen to allow a couple accused of trying to acquire weapons and explosives for the Real IRA in Europe to take a holiday in a different legal jurisidiction (the Irish Republic) seems pretty baffling. Would you come back? The DUP’s David Simpson describes the decision as “absurd”.

  • k

    The alleged taped conversations have been dropped as evidence as nothing illegal can be heard on them. Why do the newspapers continue to refer to them as alleged evidence of wrongdoing? This case will be dropped shortly as the crown has no evidence to present. Just another case of internment via the back door.

  • splurge

    While it might seem ridiculous to let them do this they clearly have no interest in absconding. If they did all they would have to do is drive across the border and they’d be in the same position. When someone is on bail in the north they can effectively go to Great Britain or the Republic whenever they like.

  • marty (not ingram)

    When someone is on bail in the north they can effectively go to Great Britain or the Republic whenever they like.

    Unless of course there are conditions set for the bail.

  • joeCanuck

    I agree splurge.
    There is no longer a physical border and they can cross any time they want, regardless of bail conditions.

  • ND

    It’s not absurd”, there is a presumption in favour of bail that is hand in hand with presumption of innocence surely.

    Conditions of bail are imposed when the court is satisfied they are needed.

    EU membership allows our free movement throughout europe, and also our repatriation from anywhere in europe.

    Should we punish those on bail if they look like they should be guilty?

  • Turgon

    ND,

    Up to a point that is fair enough but I seem to remember the Irish courts having some problems with extradition of IRA suspects. Owen Carron?

  • Not sure why David Simpson thinks it “absurd” whilst he simultaneously supports his Party Leader sharing high office with another self confessed IRA terrorist. DUP hypocrisy as ever.

  • Aquifer

    Yhe judge is effectively telling them to ‘go get a life’. Eminently reasonable.