To the Belfast Telegraph 30/10/2014
Article: Outrage over dissident banner for Stephen Carroll’s murderers

Dear Sir
In response to your recent article (18th October 2014) about a poster board depicting Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton (known as the Craigavon Two) that someone placed on the Divis bridge, was misleading.

A number of mural’s and placards have appeared recently all over Ireland and further afield in support of the Craigavon Two, as a human rights/miscarriage of justice issue. Indeed the #JFTC2 campaign is a pressure group seeking Justice for the Craigavon Two, and not their “release” as was stated.

The case against both men is we believe a clear miscarriage of justice. Many human rights groups and individuals support us in this belief. The #JFTC2 campaign has attracted high profile campaigners such as our late chairperson Gerry Conlon and the campaign is non-political.

As a group we call on people to read the facts of the case and the flawed judicial process used to secure the convictions, the very fact the appeal court has been forced to pass the case to the supreme court indicates there was fundamental flaws in not only the original trial but also the men’s dismissed appeal’s.

As a group we welcome acts of solidarity that raise awareness of this injustice, we welcomed the erecting of the placard at Divis.

We condemn the actions of the Belfast Telegraph in procrastinating about its erection and the partisan reporting on the nature of the men’s conviction, it would be more objective of your reporters to familiarise themselves with the facts of the case, reporting on it objectively would perhaps remove the need to shout it from the roof tops, or in this case hang it of a bridge.

When main stream media turns a blind eye to injustice then people will use all means at their disposal to get the message out. I would be happy to meet with any of your reporters with a view to informing them of “The Facts” of the case.

Councillor Angela Nelson
Justice for the Craigavon Two Campaign


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