BIK McFARLANE RISARCITO DAL GOVERNO IRLANDESE PER ECCESSIVA ‘LUNGHEZZA’ PROCESSUALE
Bik McFarlane ottiene il risarcimento danni a fronte di un’ingiusticabile prolungarsi di 10 di un procedimento processuale per possesso di armi e sequestro di persona
Bik McFarlane, prominente repubblicano fu tra i 38 prigionieri che nel 1983 riuscirono ad evadere dal Maze.
iarrestato, ottenne il rilascio nel 1998 in seguito alla firma del Good Friday Agreement. La sua libertà ebbe vita breve. Pochi mesi dopo la scarcerazione infatti, venne arrestato per possesso di armi e sequesto di persona durante una fuga da un supermercato.
Da allora 10 anni di procedimento penale. Quaranta le testimonianze di McFarlane in aula per un totale di 320 km percorsi dalla sua abitazione per raggiungere il tribunale.
La Corte per i Diritti Umani a cui fece ricorso il repubblicano, ha ritenuto il procedimento contro di lui “irragionevolmente lungo” ed ha accusato il governo irlandese di aver violato il suo diritto a un equo processo entro un termine ragionevole e lo ha condannato a risarcire a Bik McFarlane 5.400 € a titolo di risarcimento danni entro tre mesi e 10.000 euro per spese legali.
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The Irish government must pay compensation to Maze Prison escapee Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane following a European Court of Human Rights ruling.
McFarlane escaped from the Maze in 1983 but was later recaptured.
Days after his release in 1998, he was arrested and subsequently charged in connection with kidnapping supermarket executive Don Tidey while on the run. He was acquitted in 2008.
The court found the proceedings against him had been “unreasonably long”.
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It found the Irish government had violated his right to a fair trial within a reasonable time.
The Irish government was ordered to pay Mr McFarlane 5,400 euros in damages within three months and 10,000 euros in legal costs.
In the judgement, it said McFarlane had to report to Dublin’s non-jury Special Criminal Court 40 times over a 10-year period, a round trip of 320 km from his Belfast home.
The court found that although McFarlane’s conduct “had contributed somewhat to the delay, it did not explain the overall length of the proceedings against him”.
“On the other hand, the government had not provided convincing explanations for certain delays attributable to the authorities, which added to the overall length of the criminal proceedings.”
McFarlane was one of 38 IRA prisoners who escaped from the Maze.
He was later caught in Amsterdam and extradited to Northern Ireland.
McFarlane was arrested by gardai in 1998 and charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm and falsely imprisoning Mr Tidey near Ballinamore, County Leitrim 15 years earlier.
However, his trial collapsed after gardai lost items including a milk carton, a plastic container and a cooking pot – all of which, it was claimed, had his fingerprints on them.
His retrial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin collapsed in June 2008, when the prosecution said it would offer no further evidence after a court ruling that garda evidence was inadmissible.