Alla High Court si discute dell’incompatibilità delle leggi anti terrorismo con quanto sancito dalla Convenzione Europea sui Diritti Umani
Dopo aver vinto una prima sfida lanciata contro l’estensione della pena detentiva oltre ai 28 giorni previsti dalla legge anti-terrorismo, sei dissidenti repubblicani vanno oltre.
I loro legali sono ora alla ricerca di una dichiarazione che affermi che le leggi anti terrorismo siano in contrasto con il diritto alla libertà stabilita dalla Convenzione Europea sui Diritti Umani.
Tra i sei sospettati c’è Colin Duffy, 41 anni di Lurgan, prominente repubblicano formalmente accusato dell’omicidio dei due soldati caduti nell’attentato alla base armata di Massereene.
Fonti giuridiche hanno previsto che se la richiesta dovesse essere accolta favorevolmente, gli effetti non riguarderebbero solo i detenuti per attività dissidente, ma anche i sospettati di terrorismo islamico nel Regno Unito.
Dissident suspects launch legal challenge (U TV)
Six people arrested over the dissident republican murders of two soldiers and a policeman have launched a new High Court challenge to anti-terror laws.
The suspects, who include high-profile republican Colin Duffy, have already won a legal case against a decision to extend their period in custody.
But their lawyers are now seeking a declaration that the relevant terrorism legislation was incompatible with their right to liberty under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Duffy, 41, was the only one of the six to have been charged following questioning by police.
The Lurgan man is accused of the murders of Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar outside Massereene Army barracks in Antrim in March.
Another three taking the judicial review were also detained over those shootings, while two more were held in connection with the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon, Co Armagh two days later.
None of these five can be identified after they were granted anonymity by judges hearing the case.
Proceedings began earlier this year when a County Court judge granted police more time to question all six under the amended Terrorism Act which allows for suspects to be held for up to 28 days before they must be charged or released.
Although this extension was quashed, a further claim that it breached their Convention rights was set aside at the time due to the urgency of the case.
Legal sources predicted that if the application is successful it would have impact not only on those detained for dissident republican activity, but also for any Islamic terror suspects in the UK.
The hearing continues.