Big step forward in Derry Four’s battle for justice

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Raymond McCartney said he hopes four Derry men who have been trying to get justice for 35 years are in the final stages of their campaign.

 Raymond McCartney was speaking after the decision by the Public Prosecution Service to charge two former RUC detectives with perverting the course of justice in 1979.

 Mr McCartney said,

 “The decision by the PPS to bring charges against two policemen for perverting the course of justice in a case involving four Derry men is a big step forward in the men’s quest for justice.

 “The four men were arrested in 1979 and charged in connection with the shooting of a British soldier.

 “The case against the men, Michael Toner, Stephen Crumlish, Gerry McGowan and Gerry Kelly, was finally dismissed in 1998.

 “They have continued their fight for justice and this latest development, if successful, may help to bring them closer to 

 “It is well known within the Nationalist Republican community that a conveyor belt of injustice was in operation during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

 “Many young men and women were arrested, taken to interrogation centres, forced to make confessions and brought before Diplock courts where they were sentenced to long periods in jail without corroborating evidence.Bo06QRJIUAAR-32.jpg large bbbbb

 “This case has taken over thirty years and the four men are in the final stages of bringing closure to their case.”