RUC lists details of nationalists in private book
RUC man, who had the personal details of up to eight
nationalist men from the Short Strand area of Belfast in a
private notebook, is currently being investigated by the
Independent Commission for Police Complaints (ICPC).
However, solicitors for the men say that if the RUC man in
question is not disciplined by the body they will seek a judicial
review of the case, especially as the DPP has already decided not
to take legal action against the RUC man.
One of the nationalist men involved, Dominic Corr, commenting on
the DPP decision said, that ``had anyone else been found with
similiar information in a private notebook they would have ended
up in court''.
The case against the RUC man arose out of an incident in the
Short Strand two years ago, when the RUC moved into the area in
force after loyalists returning to the Newtownards, after the
Twelfth of July Orange March, rioted in the vicinity.
As well as a number of arrests, some local people were beaten by
the RUC and plastic bullets fired.
During the court hearing against eight of those charged, it
emerged that an RUC officer involved in the case had a private
notebook, separate from his official RUC book, and in which he
listed details of the men whom he described as ``potential
A spokesperson for solicitors Maddeen and Finucane said the firm
has already written to the RUC and the DPP over the case.
``There are a number of questions that must be answered'', said the
spokesperson, ``including what factors were taken into account
before a decision was made not to prosecute. We will fight on
until we get those answers'', stated the spokesperson.