32 County Sovereignty Movement view the recent decision
by the Director of Public Prosecutions not to prosecute
members of the RUC/PSNI over allegations of serious
malpractice as disappointing but unsurprising.
allegations arose out of the case of two South Down
men, Martin Brogan and Mark Carroll who were charged
last year of possession of explosives with intent
to endanger life and membership of the real IRA.
When the men finally came to trial after 14 months
on remand all charges were dropped and the two men
were free to go.
the course of the trial it emerged that senior RUC
figures were involved in requesting that the Forensic
science laboratory delete references to a British
agent involved in setting the two men up for capture.
This request was made in the form of a letter, which
was discovered by the men's legal representatives.
It was also subsequently revealed that one Glenn
Irwin of the DPP then wrote to the forensic science
laboratory and asked them to remove the letter as
it not affect the two men.
also emerged that the British army were involved
in contaminating items of the men's clothing in
Newry RUC barracks.
Police Ombudsman after studying the case believed
that there were sufficient grounds for a prosecution
to request that the DPP investigate the case.
letter was received by Martin Brogan from the DPP
stating "I have concluded that the test for
prosecution is not met and I have issued a direction
for no prosecution of any police officer reported."
is no surprise that this was the finding of the
DPP considering the fact that they were one of the
parties to this miscarriage of justice and in reality
are one of the institutions that should be under
investigation. We in the 32 County Sovereignty Movement
again reiterate our demand for a non British independent
international inquiry in these events as it is our
belief that state agencies such as the DPP are unable
or unwilling to investigate other state agencies
such as the RUC and the British army.