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Injustice by the British justice system

category ireland / britain | crime prison and punishment | opinion / analysis author Sunday October 18, 2015 05:32author by Joe Conlon - WSM Report this post to the editors

A case that’s need highlighting is the case of Republican prisoner Willy Wong, he is held in Maghaberry Prison in Co Antrim. In March 2010 he was arrested along with another man and charged, eventually convicted of possession of a pipe bomb. He was sentenced very differently to the way Republican prisoners (and social prisoners) usually get sentenced. He was sentenced for an undetermined period, but after 5 years inprisoned it would be up to the Parole board when he is to be released.

Willy Wong was 22 when arrested, he is now 27 years old, he is still in jail. In March he was up on front of the Parole board, the board came to the conclusion that Willy Wong is not “eligible” for release. The board said they believe he was not “totally reformed” or had not “fully regretted his actions”.

He has served over 5 years in prison, he is pretty much left to the mersey of the British justice system. The sentence he was given is totally barbaric, the administration can put any conditions they want on him. Usually undetermined sentences are given to people sentence to life imprisonment, so Willy Wong’s case is out of the ordinary. The EU ruled against such sentence because of being cruel and inhumane.

But such measures are not of the ordinary for people that follow the Republicanism. There have been many many victims of the British justice system, the cases of the Gilford four and the Birmingham six are cases in point, although none were members of any Republican group their crime was for being Irish, they spent decades in prison. Another case more recently is the Craigavon two, their case is very suspicious and looks to be a stitch up, the only evidence the prosecution presented was either circumstantial or to be proven false.

These cases are not politic issues they are human rights issues.

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