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Thread #97176   Message #1912608
Posted By: Teribus
18-Dec-06 - 09:59 AM
Thread Name: BS: Soldiers Convicted of Crimes in NI
Subject: RE: BS: Soldiers Convicted of Crimes in NI
Good News, this information from another thread, would seem to indicate that the picture is not as bad as Den first feared:

"Subject: RE: BS: Looks like another 'Ripper' out there.
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 03:45 PM

A review of the work of the Forensic Science service in Northern Ireland found mistakes in more than a third of cases.

Thankfully forensics have moved on in the last century !!

In the last six years, the service had its accreditation suspended twice, after revelations of a falsified signature and lab practice concerns.

About 1,200 cases were checked and 555 were found to contain mistakes.

The UK Accreditation Service had suspended the service's accreditation.

A series of cases were checked between 2001 and 2003. In that two-year period it was responsible for about 2,400 cases - of those, a sample 1,200 were reviewed.

The firm found 555 of the cases contained mistakes - more than a third."

I trust that taking this into account Unionist MP Lady Sylvia Hermon can now down grade her astonishment from "utter" to just plain "astonished", or possibly "gob-smacked". And I am sure, in the light of the astonishing information detailed above (There's seems to be a lot of astonishment associated with Northern Ireland) that Ard/Divis and Den will join me in resolutely campaigning for a full Independent Public Enquiry into all 1346 cases referred to in Den's post as it looks like quite a number of our lads might have been convicted on "dodgy" evidence.

So far, in the six year, period referred to in Den's original post I have not been able to find details relating to the trial and conviction of any member of HM Forces for murder in Northern Ireland.