Ireland prepares to bring Britain before European human rights court

[JURIST] Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern [Wikipedia profile] said Tuesday he would begin discussions with Attorney General Rory Brady [official profile] about bringing London before the European Court of Human Rights [official website] for failing to release files about car bombings occurring in 1974 [BBC report]. The bombings by Protestant loyalists resulted in the largest loss of life in Ireland's recent history, killing 34 people in Dublin and Monaghan. Ireland sought the documents after an Irish judicial inquiry two years ago suggested there had been collusion between British security forces and the loyalist bomb teams, though UK Prime Minister Tony Blair claims Britain has found no similar evidence. A group of victims' relatives, Justice for the Forgotten [advocacy website], has already filed a complaint with the Strasbourg-based court alleging the Ulster Volunteer Force [BBC backgrounder] was assisted by British Army intelligence in planting the bombs. AFP has more.



 

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