Meeting honours Rosemary Nelson – “THE TRUEST OF LAWYERS”

“She (Rosemary Nelson) was the truest of lawyers because she stood for one of the fundamentals, that everyone is equal before the law.” (Article 20, “Everyone is equal before the law”, of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union: )

‘”Her practice is a reminder to us lawyers that one of our functions is to give a voice to the voiceless,” he said.’

Chairman of the Bar Council Mr John McMenamin.


Additional information relating to Rosemary Nelson can be found in the message-text of an email sent yesterday (April 4th 2018) to Dr David Cheyne GP.

A copy of the full message-text of the email can be found in the sections below.

A slightly edited copy of the full email, which was sent to, among others, a selection of public officials in the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the European Union, and the United States of America, can be viewed at:

There is also an unedited “Gmail PDF” copy at:

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“Human rights activists including Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Pamela Anderson have published an open letter demanding that the Ecuadorian government restore Julian Assange’s freedom of speech.”

RT Published time: 31 March 2018 13:48, at:


“John Pilger: Blocking internet access for Julian Assange is a war on freedom of speech”:

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(which came fully into force in December 2009)

Article 11

Freedom of expression and information

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.

2. The freedom and pluralism of the media shall be respected.


Article 41

Right to good administration

1. Every person has the right to have his or her affairs handled impartially, fairly and within a reasonable time by the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union.

2. This right includes:


the right of every person to be heard, before any individual measure which would affect him or her adversely is taken;


the right of every person to have access to his or her file, while respecting the legitimate interests of confidentiality and of professional and business secrecy;


the obligation of the administration to give reasons for its decisions.

3. Every person has the right to have the Union make good any damage caused by its institutions or by its servants in the performance of their duties, in accordance with the general principles common to the laws of the Member States.

4. Every person may write to the institutions of the Union in one of the languages of the Treaties and must have an answer in the same language.

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The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission solemnly proclaim the following text as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.


The peoples of Europe, in creating an ever closer union among them, are resolved to share a peaceful future based on common values.

Conscious of its spiritual and moral heritage, the Union is founded on the indivisible, universal values of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity; it is based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law. It places the individual at the heart of its activities, by establishing the citizenship of the Union and by creating an area of freedom, security and justice.

The Union contributes to the preservation and to the development of these common values while respecting the diversity of the cultures and traditions of the peoples of Europe as well as the national identities of the Member States and the organisation of their public authorities at national, regional and local levels; it seeks to promote balanced and sustainable development and ensures free movement of persons, services, goods and capital, and the freedom of establishment.

To this end, it is necessary to strengthen the protection of fundamental rights in the light of changes in society, social progress and scientific and technological developments by making those rights more visible in a Charter.

This Charter reaffirms, with due regard for the powers and tasks of the Union and for the principle of subsidiarity, the rights as they result, in particular, from the constitutional traditions and international obligations common to the Member States, the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Social Charters adopted by the Union and by the Council of Europe and the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and of the European Court of Human Rights. In this context the Charter will be interpreted by the courts of the Union and the Member States with due regard to the explanations prepared under the authority of the Praesidium of the Convention which drafted the Charter and updated under the responsibility of the Praesidium of the European Convention.

Enjoyment of these rights entails responsibilities and duties with regard to other persons, to the human community and to future generations.

The Union therefore recognises the rights, freedoms and principles set out hereafter.


The full text of the CHARTER OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION can be viewed at:

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(Murdered Human Rights Lawyer Rosemary Nelson):


Posthumous Award

“In 2004, the Cory Collusion Inquiry recommended that the UK Government hold an inquiry into the circumstances of Nelson’s death. Nelson was posthumously awarded the Train Foundation’s Civil Courage Prize, which recognises “extraordinary heroes of conscience”.[15]”


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” — that from these honoured dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead SHALL NOT have died in vain — ”


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Human Rights Ireland:

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(Photograph of Human Rights Lawyer Rosemarie Nelson RIP)

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‘Mr John McMenamin, chairman of the Bar Council, said Rosemary Nelson did not represent the rich, the successful or the famous, but chose to represent those profoundly alienated from the state structures in Northern Ireland.’

‘”Her practice is a reminder to us lawyers that one of our functions is to give a voice to the voiceless,” he said. She was the truest of lawyers because she stood for one of the fundamentals, that everyone is equal before the law.’


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Human Rights Lawyer Rosemarie Nelson RIP

With many thanks to the: Traitor Republic.

The story from the Irish Times.

Rosemary Nelson knew she was in danger, London-based solicitor Ms Gareth Peirce told a memorial meeting for the murdered solicitor…

Rosemary Nelson knew she was in danger, London-based solicitor Ms Gareth Peirce told a memorial meeting for the murdered solicitor in Dublin last night. The meeting was attended by the Minister for Justice, Mr O’Donoghue, and the Attorney General, Mr David Byrne.

“She knew what she was risking. She could have stopped,” Ms Peirce said. “She wasn’t sackcloth and ashes. She was funny, she was witty.”

Mr John McMenamin, chairman of the Bar Council, said Rosemary Nelson did not represent the rich, the successful or the famous, but chose to represent those profoundly alienated from the state structures in Northern Ireland.

“Her practice is a reminder to us lawyers that one of our functions is to give a voice to the voiceless,” he said. She was the truest of lawyers because she stood for one of the fundamentals, that everyone is equal before the law.

“Many people, including the Nelson family, are deeply sceptical that the RUC is the appropriate body to investigate the murder of a woman who was routinely and repeatedly threatened with death by members of that same force,” said Mr Pat O’Connor, president of the Law Society. He said that this was one of the factors which led the Law Society to call for an independent investigation into the murder of Pat Finucane, and to ensure that the investigation into Rosemary Nelson’s murder was carried out to the highest possible standards.

Mr Pat Mageean, a colleague of Rosemary Nelson on the Committee for the Administration of Justice in Northern Ireland, said she was not killed because of her politics or because of her religion, but because she was good at her job.

Mr Michael Farrell, co-chairman of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, which organised the event, said: “If the security forces are not prepared to accept the role allocated to lawyers in our system, we are very little removed from a police state.”

A billboard campaign demanding an independent investigation and judicial inquiry into the murder of Rosemary Nelson was launched yesterday in Belfast. A mobile advertisement toured the city bearing the words: “Mr Blair and Mr Ahern: If you don’t defend human rights lawyers, who will defend human rights?”

Last night at a dinner in New York, Ms Padraigin Drinan of the Rosemary Nelson Campaign accepted an award on Ms Nelson’s behalf presented by the International League of Jurists.

With many thanks to: The Sunday Times and The Times for the origional story.


Court victory for Raymond McCord against NI SoS over Border Poll


Raymond McCord (right) with his solicitor (left) Ciaran O’Hare of McIvor Farrell Solicitors.

A victims campaigner has won High Court permission to pursue legal action over the holding of a border poll in Northern Ireland.

Raymond McCord was granted leave to seek a judicial review of the British government’s alleged failure to implement a policy for calling a referendum on Irish unity.

A judge ruled he has established an arguable case that the current discretionary arrangements are unlawful.

With his challenge now advancing to a full hearing later this year, Mr McCord insisted he wanted to remove any possible political abuse of the constitutional issue.

He said: “It’s about taking the green and orange out of the decision, and that’s how it should be.”

The staunch unionist is mounting separate challenges in Belfast and Dublin over the current provisions for going to the public.

His case against the British administration questions the legality and transparency of the provisions for holding a border poll.

Under the 1998 Good Friday Agrement a referendum can be called if the secretary of state believes a majority of people in Nothern Ireland no longer want to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Mr McCord, an outspoken critic of loyalist paramilitaries since a UVF gang beat his son Raymond Jr to death in 1997, is not pressing for such a poll.

But the Belfast man believes authority for calling such a significant ballot should not rest with one individual.

He claims the current criteria is too vague and undermines the Agreement.

It was confirmed in court that the British government’s position remains the same since Karen Bradley took over from James Brokenshire as secretary of state.

No opposition was raised to Mr McCord being permitted to continue his challenge to the alleged lack of policy.

The judge, Sir Paul Girvan, held: “I’m persuaded there are legal arguments there which justify the granting of leave.”

The verdict means Mr McCord has now secured the legal right to press ahead with cases in both jurisdictions.

He has already been granted leave at the High Court in Dublin to take proceedings against the Irish State, Taoiseach, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Attorney General.

Following the latest determination in Belfast he described the holding of a border poll as the biggest decision since Northern Ireland’s formation.

“As it stands it’s left at the discretion of one person, a politician who doesn’t live here,” Mr McCord said.

“It’s open to abuse and we need a policy set in stone so that it can’t be abused by any political parties for political gain.”

His solicitor, Ciaran O’Hare of McIvor Farrell law firm, also called for clarity and transparency.

“At this juncture, it appears that the decision whether or not to hold a poll is at the whim of one person and the public have no insight whatsoever into the decision making process,” Mr O’Hare said.

“My client is looking forward to the full hearing of his case, which will be one of the most important constitutional cases that have ever come before the court.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.

Amazing photo says it all really – What Britain is doing in Yemen – British War Crimes

Amazing photo says it all. A 100,000 Dollar missile, sold by Theresa may to the Saudis, launched by a 20 million-dollar plane that flies at a cost of 6000 dollar an hour to kill people who live on less than $1 a day in Yemen……..

British Prime Minister Theresa May “licking some balls” with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Theresa May is complisite in the ‘war crimes’ carried out in Yemen by supplying British arms to Saudi Arabia.
One of 48 $20m war planes supplied by Britain. The Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.

Armed Forces Covenant in Northern Ireland – Commons Library briefing – UK Parliament

Father of IRA victim pursues perjury charges against Freddie (Stakeknife) Scappaticci

Freddie Scappaticci has publicly denied being the IRA agent known as Stakeknife

A decision not to bring perjury charges against a west Belfast man for denying his role as the top British agent Stakeknife was flawed, the High Court heard today.

Lawyers for the father of an IRA murder victim claim there was enough evidence to meet the test for having Freddie Scappaticci face criminal proceedings.

Frank Mulhern is challenging the Public Prosecution Service over its alleged failure to bring a case against the 72-year-old.

Judgment was reserved in his application for leave to seek a judicial review.

The case centres on an affidavit sworn by Scappaticci in 2003 during his own failed attempt to force the British government to state publicly that he was not the highest-ranking spy inside the IRA.

Mr Mulhern’s legal team contend that the PPS acted unlawfully when it originally decided in 2006 not to prosecute on the basis of that statement.

Even though that decision was later set aside, they argue that the continued failure to charge Scappaticci with perjury cannot be justified.

Hugh Southey QC told the court: “It does appear on the face of it there’s sufficient evidence to potentially meet the evidential threshold under the (prosecutors’) code.

“Its accepted now that the original decision not to prosecute, which was originally challenged in these proceedings, was flawed.”

Counsel questioned how the alleged agent could mount a defence to any charge by relying on a claim of acting out of necessity based on fears for his life.

Earlier this year Scappaticci was reportedly arrested, questioned and released on police bail as part of a major and ongoing investigation into Stakeknife’s activities.

Codenamed Operation Kenova, the probe headed up by Bedfordshire Chief Constable Jon Boutcher is examining dozens of IRA murders linked to the undercover agent – including the killing of Mr Mulhern’s son in 1993.

Joseph Mulhern (23) was abducted, interrogated and shot by the IRA, who accused him of being a police informer.

His body was dumped on a remote hillside near Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

Scappaticci left Nothern Ireland in 2003 after he was named in the media as Stakeknife.

Before quitting his home he vehemently denied being the spy while in charge of the IRA’s internal security team, the so-called ‘Nutting Squad’.

Focusing on the issue of any alleged perjury, Mr Southey claimed the failure to bring charges was difficult to justify.

“When looking at a decision of this nature and whether it’s in the public interest, public confidence in the independence of the prosecution service and it’s willingness to hold other public authorities to account is obviously very important.”

During exchanges, Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said there was “no doubt” Mr Mulhern and other bereaved relatives are regarded as victims of the murders allegedly committed by Stakeknife.

But he questioned whether they have the same status when it came to consultation about any decisions on suspected perjury.

Mr Southey responded that his client and the other families should “absolutely” be characterised as victims.

“They have a real interest in knowing (about the alleged perjury),” he insisted.

Counsel for PPS previously confirmed the legal challenge was being resisted due to Operation Kenova’s continuing inquiries.

He argued that the proceedings were an attempt to compel the Director of Public Prosecutions to take a decision before an investigation which is examining the perjury claims is completed.

Sir Declan, who heard the case with Mrs Justice Keegan, is expected to deliver judgment within weeks.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.

Fred Scappaticci (SteakKnie) denies he was a British Army agent within the PIRA

Steakknife: Fred Scappaticci arrested over murders

A man alleged to have been the Army’s most high-ranking agent in the IRA has been arrested and is being questioned about allegations that he was involved in dozens of murders.

The agent codenamed Stakeknife has been named as Fred Scappaticci from west Belfast.

An investigation into his alleged activities, codenamed Operation Kenova, was launched in June 2016.

The investigation team confirmed that a 72-year-old man had been arrested.

The BBC understands the man being questioned is Fred Scappaticci and that he was arrested in England.

The investigation team said the arrest was “in connection with the investigation into allegations of murder, kidnap and torture”.

A statement from the investigation team added: “He is currently in custody at an undisclosed location and will be interviewed in relation to the investigation. No further details of the place of arrest or where he is being held will be released due to security reasons.”

Who is Stakeknife?
Fred Scappaticci is alleged to have been the most high-ranking British agent within the Provisional IRA, who was given the codename ‘Stakeknife’.

He was the grandson of an Italian immigrant who came to Northern Ireland in search of work.

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Mr Scappaticci left Northern Ireland when identified by the media as Stakeknife in 2003
He has admitted, in the past, to being a republican but denies claims that he was an IRA informer.

He is believed to have led the IRA’s internal security unit, known as ‘the nutting squad’, which was responsible for identifying and interrogating suspected informers.

Mr Scappaticci left Northern Ireland when identified by the media as Stakeknife in 2003.

Operation Kenova is being led by Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, from Bedfordshire Police.

It is examining the activities of current and former police officers, members of the Army and MI5 and former members of the IRA.

The operation involves a team of 48 detectives.

A statement by Operation Kenova said it had so far spoken to more than 40 families and generated 1,500 lines of enquiry.

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With many thanks to: BBCNI for the origional story