Adams criticises IRA membership convictions

02/12/2004 - 19:24:50

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has described as unsound two convictions for IRA membership passed at the Special Criminal Court this week.

Mr Adams has said Niall Binead from Crumlin and Kenneth Donohoe from Tallaght should not have been convicted.

The republican leader has said the evidence against the two was insubstantial.

“Arguably those people would not have been convicted in any other state. The basis of their conviction was that the judge looked at videos of their conviction and made a judgment based upon their demeanour," he said.

“He also received secret briefings from the Special Branch that would not be accepted in any courts anywhere else.”

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