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    This was the culmination of negotiations between the Britis and the Dublin government over the implementation of the GFA. Not all of the agreements have been implemented especially this section:

    20. Both Governments also recognise that there is an issue to be addressed, with the completion of the early release scheme, about supporters of organisations now on cease-fire 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 jurisdictions to resolve this difficulty so that those concerned are no longer pursued.
    http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/events/peace/docs/bi010801.htm

    Does anyone know why this has not happened over a decade on? Why are people like Gerry McGeough and even Gerry Adams (Boston tapes being seized for example) still being pursued?
    Has the south stopped seeking prosecutions for acts during the troubles?

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    Commenting on the arrest and decision to charge Donegal Republican John Downey in connection with an IRA bomb in London in 1982, Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly said;

    “John Downey is a member of Sinn Féin and a long time supporter of the Peace Process. The decision to arrest and charge him in relation to IRA activities in the early 1980s is vindictive, unnecessary and unhelpful. It will cause anger within the Republican community.

    “Clearly if John Downey had been arrested and convicted previously he would have been released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

    “As part of the Weston Park negotiation the British Government committed to resolving the position of OTRs. John Downey received a letter from the NIO in 2007 stating that he was not wanted by the PSNI or any British Police Force. Despite travelling to England on many occasions now six years on he finds himself before the courts on these historic charges.

    “This development represents bad faith and a departure from what was previously agreed by both governments.

    “John Downey needs to be released and allowed to return home to his family.” ENDS
    Why did SF and the IRA agree to a process where this can happen?

    Do I even need to point out the lack of charges over bloody Sunday?

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    There were reports today that someone has been charged with involvement in the bombing in London in which some army horses were killed. It must have been more than 30 years ago.
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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    With any luck all the people mentioned on this thread, including the bloody Sunday ones, will do plenty of good hard time, which is what they deserve.
    Last edited by Richardbouvet; 22-05-2013 at 08:08 PM.

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    They'll do 2 years maximum Richard.

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    Bumping this in light of John Downey's arrest.

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