Gerry Adams letter to Gerry McGeough contradicts his recent comments on OTR`s

Gerry Adams recent press release on the Sinn Fein website states:

In recent days there has been deliberate misrepresentation about the OTR issue and the provision of letters by the British government.

“Unionist leaders have intentionally engaged in hyperbole and feigned anger over an issue that has been on the political and public agenda since the Good Friday Agreement negotiations.

“The fact is that there was no agreement between Sinn Féin and the British government on how to resolve the issue of OTRs. Those who received the letters, as they are entitled to, were citizens who were not wanted by the British forces and they received their letters because this was the case.

But in 2012 he sent a letter to Gerry McGeough:

Paragraph 20 of the Weston Park Agreement states

Both Governments recognise that there is an issue to be addressed, with the completion of the early release scheme, about supporters of organisations now on ceasefire against whom there are outstanding prosecutions, and in some cases extradition proceedings for offences committed before 10 April 1998. Such people would, if convicted, stand to benefit from the early release scheme. The Governments accept that it would be a natural development of the scheme for such prosecutions not to be pursued and will as soon as possible, and in any event before the end of the year, take such steps as are necessary in their jurisdiction to resolve this difficulty so that those concerned are no longer pursued.

This agreement emerged as a result of demands by Sinn Féin at that time for this issue to be dealt with effectively.

The text of the above paragraph represents in our view, an explicit and unambiguous commitment by the Governments not to pursue a conviction against anyone, who would, if convicted, stand to benefit from the early-release scheme.

A similar letter from Gerry Kelly is at the same link.  Gerry McGeough maintains he was given assurances by Sinn Fein, specifically Gerry Kelly that he had been given the Ok to return to Tyrone after his name had been put on a Sinn Fein list given to the British government.

Anthony McIntyre has picked up on this and has blogged it here.

 

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  • Gerry Adams telling a porkie? No, never, just not possible. Good Republicans can’t be liars or criminals. I mean, we have their word on it.

  • lamhdearg

    As the years roll by it becomes clearer why the Brits kept certain people alive and in the game, gerrys handlers should rename him Manna.

  • cynic2

    Perhaps Gerry didnt know and the craft British agreed the deal with themselves in secret

  • Pete Baker

    Kilsally,

    “Gerry Adams letter to Gerry McGeough contradicts his recent comments on OTR`s”

    Up to a point, Lord Copper.

    But it’s a bit more complicated than that…

    Sinn Fein were being economical with the actualité in those statements.

    Weston Park falls into the time-line between the ‘government assurances’ from Mo Mowlam, 1998, and the withdrawal of the Bill to deal with the on-the-runs in 2006 – the failed legislative approach.

    The administrative approach was then Rapidised in 2007. Just when Sinn Féin were obliged to declare their support for the police and the criminal justice system.

    Sinn Fein would, no doubt, echo the line from Jonathan Powell

    He insists the letters sent were not part of any such aborted scheme. “They were written as an administrative response to questions about whether individuals faced the risk of arrest if they returned to the United Kingdom on the basis of existing evidence or warrants”.

    In other words, whether they were not/no longer OTRs.

    They would also, I’m sure, argue that any “explicit and unambiguous commitment by the Governments not to pursue a conviction against anyone, who would, if convicted, stand to benefit from the early-release scheme” was never implemented. As would have been evident at the time by the prosecution of Gerry McGeough.

    In the correspondence with Mr McGeough, Sinn Féin seem to have neglected to mention, however, that they had received a letter from the NIO in 2003 stating that ‘having done the “necessary checks”, were Mr McGeough to return to Northern Ireland, he would be liable to arrest.’

    A letter that Mr McGeough has stated he never received.

  • Yes but weren’t the letters sent in 2012 long after? ..

  • lamhdearg

    His letter to the other chap suggests he knew about a deal, but i dare say the “craft British” had indeed agreed the deal between themselves beforehand.

  • Pete Baker

    Yes. And?

    Weston Park Implementation Plan – issued by the British and Irish Governments – states

    Both Governments recognise that there is an issue to be addressed, with the completion of the early release scheme, about supporters of organisations now on ceasefire against whom there are outstanding prosecutions, and in some cases extradition proceedings for offences committed before 10 April 1998.

    Sinn Féin claimed

    The text of the above paragraph represents in our view, an explicit and unambiguous commitment by the Governments not to pursue a conviction against anyone, who would, if convicted, stand to benefit from the early-release scheme.

    A commitment that, they would claim, the failed legislative approach never implemented.

    Of course, they did agree to the implementation plan.

    Hence the economical with the actualité

    But that’s all before any consideration of the effect of the Rapidised administrative approach…

  • cynic2

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/gerry-adams-gave-order-to-take-explosives-into-britain-exira-man-30054022.html

    Gerry contradict himself? Never

    Now given this little gem one must ask.

    1 Does Gerry just have an NI letter or one of those big documents signed by Liz herself

    2 Will the Garda open a criminal inquiry based on this report?

  • lamhdearg

    comon cynic that man making those claims is anti agreement his mental state is in ? ect ect ect.

    do you thing any journo will get round to asking gerry or any senior SF person if they have availed of any pardons, dont hold your whatever waiting on a local journo.

  • cynic2

    Isn’t it funny that

    1 all these people knew Gerry so well in the 1970s and 80s
    2 they all say he was in the IRA and active with them in operations from killings to bombings – indeed they all explain how was the one giving the orders they followed
    3 sadly they have all now developed anti-agreementitis (which is odd because after last week no one knows exactly what the agreement is)
    4 they have all developed serious mental health / alcohol problems

  • streetlegal

    British Intelligence have an extensive and comprehensive file on Mr Adams, dating back all the way to the 1960s to the present day. It contains details of his status within the Provisional movement through the years and the precise nature of his involvement with the Provisional IRA.

  • McGeough will be on radio free eireann on Saturday, speaking about this.

  • Dixie Elliott

    Its further proof that Adams and McGuinness not only didn’t give a damn when it came to risking the lives of volunteers but also civilians who could have died had these dangerous explosives went off prematurely….

    According to the article Rogers took a beating for breaking ranks. Therefore he had turned his back on violence.

    “Rogers wrote to the Quaid family and to Det Garda Lyttleton in 1989 to apologise for his actions. He said he left the IRA the day he delivered the letters to the then governor of Portlaoise Prison, John Lonergan…”

    McGuinness’s recent comments about those Republicans calling for an end to armed actions has to take the biscuit. He referred to them as anti-Peace Process Republicans…

    Then again you can be opposed to the lie that is the Peace Process while still being opposed to violence. I know I am.