Boston College tapes: Winston Rea loses legal challenge
By Alan Erwin
09 February 2015
A former loyalist prisoner has lost his legal battle to stop police investigating murder and robbery from obtaining interviews he gave to a US university project.
Winston “Winkie” Rea issued judicial review proceedings in an attempt to halt any handover of the Boston College material.
But a High Court judge today rejected claims that the move was unlawful and breached his rights to privacy.
Dismissing Rea’s challenge, Mr Justice Treacy said: “It’s clear in my view that the applicant is subject to a police investigation into crimes of the gravest kind.”
His ruling clears the way for PSNI detectives to fly to America to take possession of recordings of the loyalist’s interviews.
In a statement issued after the verdict, Rea repeated his claim that police and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) were involved in nothing…
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