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#Ballymurphy Inquest
waragainstintelligence · a month ago
There's been greater public outrage and horror expressed over British soldiers being potentially investigated for war crimes in Ireland than there has been about the multitude of crimes and abuses that the British army has committed. This includes, as just one illustrative case, the random killing of an innocent man in Ballymurphy; his skull was kept and used as an ashtray by the squaddies who murdered him. In a culture completely entranced by militarism, the mere notion of legal accountability is considered more obscene, more despicable than the wanton acts of torture and murder themselves.
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karammedia · 28 days ago
The Guardian - 2M voters may lack photo ID needed to vote
The Guardian – 2M voters may lack photo ID needed to vote
The Guardian newspaper leads with more than 2m voters could miss out under a new UK bill that would mean photo ID will be required to be able to vote. An inquest into the Ballymurphy shooting finds the 10 people killed in Belfast were innocent civilians. The paper covers the 2021 Brit awards, which saw Little Mix become the first all-woman winner of the British group. Man City’s Premier League…
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catholicnewsagency · a month ago
After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre
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news11hours · a month ago
Ballymurphy Inquest: Anger over manner of PM apology
Ballymurphy Inquest: Anger over manner of PM apology
Relatives say the words in a letter from Boris Johnson’s are unacceptable and mean ‘nothing’. #Ballymurphy #Inquest #Anger #manner #apology Source link
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tranbinhminh360 · a month ago
No More to be Said?
No-one cares about Northern Ireland. No-one, bar its inhabitants, ever really has. Not the British Government which washed its hands of the province 100 years ago, leaving it to Stormont’s tender care. Not Britain’s political parties, declining to offer their political vision to its voters. Not United Kingdom voters who ignored Brexit’s consequences for its peace settlement. Not the current Prime Minister who signed up to a Protocol he either did not understand or had no intention of keeping. Not the EU either – willing to ignore its delicate political balance in order to pursue its vendetta against a vaccine manufacturer and its main client. The Irish government cares, of course, or says it does – but this is rather in the manner that a person with a persistent stabbing pain will say that he cares about that pain. And a few politicians – here and in the US – care because it makes them look good or because they need votes. But it is largely unloved, the unwanted child left out in the cold stubbornly refusing to die. So it is understandable that there is a weary response to the coroner’s finding in the inquests into the killings of 10 innocent civilians in August 1971 in Ballymurphy by members of the Paras during Operation Demetrius, the government’s attempt to arrest IRA members en masse. The soldiers’ behaviour was wrong. What else can possibly be said?
Well, there is quite a lot more to say. The Paras involved in the Ballymurphy massacre were also involved in Bloody Sunday in January 1972. Why after what happened at Ballymurphy did the authorities think it sensible to use the same troops to police a civil rights march protesting against internment?
A historic question you say. Well then. How about this? Since 2010 when Mr Justice Savile reported on Bloody Sunday after an inquiry lasting 12 years, the government has officially known that those troops murdered innocent civilians, lied about what they did and that the military and other authorities covered up what happened.
Why then did it take a further 11 years for the truth to come out about Ballymurphy? Did no-one ask questions or spot the connection or think that it might be a good thing to give these families the truth rather than it being drawn out of a reluctant foot-dragging state, as usual?
Another thing that might be said is this: those families only got some form of justice – eventually – because they – through the courts – were able to challenge the authorities. This government has made it one of its legislative priorities this year to make such challenges harder, if not impossible. Not easier. Clearly that must be what they are gagging for in the North – absolutely essential to the “levelling up” agenda we hear so much about but see so little of in practice. (The Hillsborough families might beg to differ.)
We might also say this: a Tory MP, Johnny Mercer, has been very vocal in wanting this government to – in effect – impose a statute of limitations on murder, whether by soldiers or the IRA or Loyalist paramilitaries. Apparently this has been promised. He fears it will not be, thinks it unjust to investigate soldiers after such a long period and is willing to accept that terrorists too should benefit from this forgiving approach. He might have more of a point if it had not been the actions of the soldiers, the army and the state itself which meant that the truth has been withheld for so long. The same can be said of the IRA – see the heartbreakingly cruel case of Jean McConville. His argument is that of the man convicted of killing his parents pleading for clemency because he is an orphan.
It is a strange world – sickening some might think – when Tories want a policy effectively absolving murderers of their crimes, implicitly accepting the IRA view that this was a war in which both sides were combatants and that nothing better is to be expected of the state’s soldiers. There was a time when Conservative governments legislated (the 1991 War Crimes Act) to ensure that British courts could prosecute people who were not British citizens for murders committed abroad decades ago of people who were not British citizens. Now Conservatives want to stop the investigation – let alone prosecution – of alleged crimes committed by British citizens against other British citizens on British soil barely 23 years or more ago.
It is particularly sickening when one remembers that violence is happening now in Northern Ireland and that the government has largely ignored it – speed of reaction being necessary in response to possible football leagues but not attempted terror attacks on policewomen and their small children – possibly because this might raise uncomfortable questions about the government’s responsibility for the recent increased tensions in Northern Ireland.
Truth and Reconciliation is what is wanted, apparently. Will the government really want to tell the truth about its actions, however expedient or necessary they may have been during a vicious civil war, the actions of the RUC, its collaboration with Protestant terrorists, its agents within the IRA? Will the army? Will the IRA? Or Sinn Fein? Or the DUP? So what reconciliation can there really be? What justice? Surely it just wants to gently brush all this unpleasant history, regrettable actions and clanking skeletons into a firmly locked cupboard never to be heard of again? Much as it will want to do with what may have been done in Iraq and elsewhere. Or what might be done in future by its agents – see the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Act 2021. There is plenty to be said, plenty to be learnt, plenty for families to find out about what happened to their loved ones. But it won’t be. Meanwhile those who care about the place will hope that such forgetting will lead to reconciliation of a sort, that the “dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone” will not emerge once again, as the PM’s hero Churchill once feared. Given Northern Ireland’s history, who would bet on that?
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williteverbeok · a month ago
PM 'apologises for events in Ballymurphy' in 1971
On Tuesday, an inquest found that 10 people shot in west Belfast in 1971 were innocent. source
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PM apologises for 'events in Ballymurphy' in 1971
On Tuesday, an inquest found that 10 people shot in west Belfast in 1971 were innocent. from BBC News - Home via IFTTT
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sachkiawaaj · a month ago
Boris Johnson issues official government apology for Ballymurphy Army killings
Boris Johnson issues official government apology for Ballymurphy Army killings
Boris Johnson has issued an official government apology after a ruling that 10 people shot dead by the Army in Belfast in 1971 were “entirely innocent”. The prime minister told Unionist and Republican leaders in Northern Ireland that the Ballymurphy Inquest had laid bare “tragic” events. He “apologised unreservedly on behalf of the UK government for the events that took place in Ballymurphy and…
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news-queue · a month ago
Ten people shot dead in Ballymurphy, west Belfast, in 1971 were “all entirely innocent of any wrongdoing on the day in question”, a coroner has found.
Delivering her findings in Belfast on Tuesday, after the longest-running inquests in Northern Ireland’s history, Mrs Justice Siobhán Keegan said she hoped the findings may deliver some peace for the families.
She found that nine out of 10 were shot by the British army, and in the majority of cases the force used was disproportionate.
In the 10th case, that of John James McKerr, she said she was not satisfied she could make a determination on the balance of probabilities as to who was responsible for his death.
She said she had been “severely hampered by the inadequacy of evidence at the time” and there had been “abject failure” by the authorities to investigate his death at the time.
Relatives of the deceased, who were present for the findings, applauded as each verdict was read out.
The 10 killed were Francis Quinn, Fr Hugh Mullan, Noel Phillips, Joan Connolly, Daniel Teggart, Joseph Murphy, Edward Doherty, John Laverty, Joseph Corr and John James McKerr. An 11th victim, Pat McCarthy, died of a heart attack. Their deaths took place amid serious violence which took place following the introduction of internment without trial on the morning of August 9th.
The coroner was broadly critical of the military evidence provided to the inquests, and contrasted the general nature of the evidence provided by British army witnesses and statements with the specific picture painted by local eyewitnesses.
She was also critical of the limited investigations carried out at the time. In one case no contemporaneous evidence statements were collected, and she said the “failure to investigate at the time made my task extremely difficult”.
In regard to the deaths of Mr Quinn and Fr Mullan on August 9th, the coroner found that both were “innocent men, not armed or acting in any untoward manner” and who had instead gone to help a wounded man.
She said that on the balance of probabilities both were shot by the British army, and their use of force was “clearly disproportionate”.
Of Fr Mullan, Mrs Justice Keegan said she was “quite convinced he was a peacemaker” who was waving a white object when he was shot in the back.
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news11hours · a month ago
Ballymurphy Inquest: Civil action to resume over deaths
Ballymurphy Inquest: Civil action to resume over deaths
Across Belfast alone on 9 and 10 August 1971, it was recorded that there were approximately 12 explosions, 59 shooting incidents, 17 reported deaths, 25 reported injuries, 13 incidents of rioting, 18 reports of arson and other reports of civil disorder of various kinds. #Ballymurphy #Inquest #Civil #action #resume #deaths Source link
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souhaibboukhroufa · a month ago
Ballymurphy massacre verdict finds British soldiers killed innocent civilians
Ballymurphy massacre verdict finds British soldiers killed innocent civilians
A coroner in Northern Ireland has ruled that the British army used “clearly disproportionate” force during violence nearly 50 years ago in which ten civilians were shot dead. At a hearing into the deaths in Ballymurphy, west Belfast, over three days in August 1971, Judge Siobhan Keegan said: “All of the deceased in this series of inquests were entirely innocent of any wrongdoing.” The 10,…
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tripalemedia · a month ago
Ten people shot dead in Ballymurphy were innocent, inquest finds | Northern Ireland
Ten people shot dead in Ballymurphy were innocent, inquest finds | Northern Ireland
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markboshara · a month ago
Ballymurphy inquest: Coroner finds 10 Belfast victims were innocent
Ballymurphy inquest: Coroner finds 10 Belfast victims were innocent
The ruling was described as ‘vindication’ for the families of the nine men and one woman who were killed in Ballymurphy in 1971 (Picture: Liam McBurney/PA) Ten people shot dead when British troops opened fire in west Belfast 50 years ago were innocent and their deaths were without justification, a coroner has ruled. The families of the nine men and one woman, who were killed in Ballymurphy in…
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uncomfortable--truths · a month ago
BBC News: Ballymurphy Inquest: Coroner finds 10 victims were innocent
BBC News - Ballymurphy Inquest: Coroner finds 10 victims were innocent
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theotherjourney7 · a month ago
“NEW (as of 11 May 2021): An inquest has found that 10 people shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy in 1971 were innocent and their deaths were without justification.
Taken 50 years for those families to secure justice.”-Lewis Goodall
“Breaking: Ballymurphy inquest find that all ten victims were “entirely innocent” when they were shot dead. Families react with applause and hugging
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... here are the findings for the ten victims (an eleventh who died from a heart attack, Paddy McCarthy, was not included in the inquest) -Fr Hugh Mullan & Francis Quinn:
Both shot by military, rejects MOD suggestion were shot by UVF
No evidence any shooting came from their position
Use of force clearly more than necessary
No direct evidence either man armed. No convincing evidence to justify why they were shot
Daniel Teggart, Joan Connolly, Noel Philips and Joseph Murphy:
Shot by British Army
No arms found on or near the dead
Evidence does not provide justification for these deaths
They were innocent people – cannot find who fired shots save to say must have been Paras
Edward Doherty:
He was an innocent man who posed no threat. Not associated with any terrorist group
Body showed no signs of petrol bomb or explosives
Soldier M3 says he was aiming at a petrol bomber but use of force was disproportionate
John Laverty and Joseph Corr:
Both were shot by British Army on balance of probabilities
No evidence of guns found on or near either men
Both men clearly shot in the back
Military evidence cannot possibly provide adequate justification for the use of lethal force on either man
John McKerr:
An entirely innocent man...shot indiscriminately
No IRA associations, he was a proud military man. No evidence he was armed
Impossible to say where exactly the shot came from, evidence not clear
Shocking there was no real investigation into his death at the time”-Stephen Murphy
“Here’s the Irish Govt reaction to Ballymurphy - Simon Coveney (Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence) describes it as “immense relief and vindication”.
He says every bereaved family must have access to process of justice regardless of perpetrator and calls for collective approach...seems to allude to 🇬🇧 amnesty plans
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.”-Stephen Murphy
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rosie37q · a month ago
Ten people killed in west Belfast almost 50 years ago in the wake of an Army operation were "entirely innocent", an inquest has found.
The inquest, which began in November 2018, examined the deaths in and around the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast in August 1971.
The shootings happened after an operation in which paramilitary suspects were detained without trial.
Victims included a priest trying to help the wounded and a mother of eight.
Nine of the 10 victims were killed by the Army, the coroner said.
The coroner could not definitively say who shot the tenth victim, John McKerr.
"What is very clear, is that all of the deceased in the series of inquests were entirely innocent of wrongdoing on the day in question," said the Coroner, Mrs Justice Keegan.
She delivered her findings on Tuesday over the course of more than two hours.
The killings happened over three days immediately following the introduction of internment - the arrest and detention of paramilitary suspects without trial.
Mrs Justice Keegan said that the effect of the killings on the families of the 10 victims have been "stark".
Inquests were held into the deaths in 1972, but they were separate and returned open verdicts.
The new inquests, which began in November 2018, have been held together.
Justice Minister Naomi Long tweeted that the families have "had to battle too hard and too long" to hear Tuesday's verdict.
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lovelyfantasticfart · a month ago
Ballymurphy Inquest: Coroner is set to publish findings
The inquest has examined the deaths of 10 people in west Belfast in August 1971. Via BBC News - Home from Blogger
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wesleyaustin121 · a month ago
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