December 20, 2010
I would like to express my continued appreciate for everything everyone has done for me and my family during these past 3 1/2 years of this politically motivated case/trial. As most of you know, the trial is now over and I am awaiting the verdict. In the meantime, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.
from Gerry McGeough and Family
An Irish Christmas Blessing
The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.
December 12, 2010
Gerry has said that he is both very impressed and deeply moved by the energy, ideas and commitment of the many people who have determined to launch a high-profile international campaign to have him released in the event that he is imprisoned as a consequence of the recent Diplock Court show-trial that he was forced to endure.
December 6, 2010
A lot of people have been asking when the "verdict" in Gerry's trial is due. To
date there has been no announcement, and Gerry will most likely only be informed
that a decision is to be delivered a day or two in advance.
At that point he will let people know of the exact date upon which he is to be
before the Diplock Court in Belfast to hear his fate.
Earlier this year it was indicated that the British hope to have him in jail by
Christmas. No members of the British Army/UDR/RUC have been arrested or charged
for the killings of Catholic civilians during the Troubles, despite ample
available evidence sufficient to bring prosecutions.
December 2, 2010
2011 Upcoming Elections and McGeough can't run as a candidate!
The blatant political nature of the case against Gerry is underscored by the
fact that almost four years have elapsed since his arrest outside a polling
count center the day after the 2007 Assembly elections. And still his fate
Despite the fact that the charges against him are up to 35-years-old and the
so-called "evidence" has been around for decades, it took exactly three years
from the day of his arrest to bring him to trial.
That trial, which began in March of this year, only ended in mid-November and a
verdict remains pending.
Throughout this time, Gerry and his family have been tied down in a Limbo
situation due to the heavy restrictions against him.
Although this has singularly failed to break Gerry's spirit, it has prevented
him from developing the necessary political structures needed to run in any of
the elections due in 2011. Many observers believe that this is the real reason
behind the vindictive persecution of Gerry McGeough.
Regardless of the verdict, it is now too late for Gerry to contemplate running
as a candidate in any of the forthcoming Six-County elections. British democracy
and "fair-play" at its best.
November 26, 2010
McGeough Calls on Sinn Fein and SDLP to "speak out"
Gerry has called on Sinn Féin and the SDLP to speak out on behalf of the
innocent Irish Catholic victims of British State violence. He has asked both
parties and the Irish government to echo his recent call at Stormont for the
immediate arrest of all RUC/UDR/British Forces involved in the slaughter of
defenseless Catholic civilians during the "Troubles".
November 24, 2010
"BRING BRITISH SOLDIERS AND RUC TO TRIAL FOR THE MURDER OF INNOCENT IRISH CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS DURING THE TROUBLES!"
November 23, 2010
UPDATE ON GERRY'S VISIT TO STORMONT
Gerry and a number of delegates from the Pressure Group "Justice for the
McGeough Family" traveled to Stormont today. The group had been invited by
Gerry McHugh, the Independent MLA for Fermanagh/South Tyrone, who very kindly
made his rooms and facilities available for use throughout the day long visit.
Gerry spoke to the media and highlighted the hypocrisy and injustices
surrounding the case against him. His presence clearly rattled a lot of
political cages, although several Sinn Féin figures shook hands with him and
wished him well.
One SF activist from Galbally in Co. Tyrone managed to irk a number of Gerry's
supporters when she chirpily, though not intentionally maliciously, told him that
he would "only" do two years! This prompted one supporter to later wonder if she would feed his family for those two years.
Gerry's trip, which was aimed at highlighting the glaring discrimination of his
prosecution, came at an opportune time. In the course of the day news emerged
that an RUC man would not face prosecution for his role in the loyalist massacre of six men in Loughlinisland, Co. Down in the early 90s. This despite ample
evidence against him. The news has caused outrage among Nationalists.
Meanwhile, Gerry still awaits a verdict that could see him be given a
twenty-year sentence for membership of the IRA in 1975 and for the attempted
killing of a UDR soldier in 1981. The chief "evidence" against him being
political asylum application documents provided to the sham Diplock court by
those fearless guardians of international human rights, the Swedish government.
November 23, 2010
A Spin On The Meaning In Order To Discredit and Silence
Outside of East Tyrone, people may not be aware of the fact that "Lord" Maurice Morrow of the DUP is using the local papers to brand both McGeough and McAnespie as "dissident republicans". This is a deliberate attempt not only to influence the verdict, but also, should they be jailed, the two-year release clause can be overlooked if the parole board are "advised" that they are "dissidents" and therefore a "threat" to society. The advice will be to keep them locked up for the full term!
Gerry explained - "This is why we have to be so constantly on guard about this label". "Being within the grip of Diplock doesn't give us the luxury of philosophizing about the finer points of political terminology".
Michelle Gildernew has been asked by Gerry McGeough to publicly respond to Morrow by using Stormont "privilege" to name the ex-members of the UDR and RUC who were involved in the loyalist killings of Catholics in the East Tyrone/ North Armagh area during the Troubles. Gerry said "she should demand that they be charged and brought before Diplock Courts". That would certainly shut Morrow, et al, up. Needless to say, Gildernew hasn't responded.
November 22, 2010
Gerry McGeough at Stormont
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 23rd, I shall be going to Stormont at the invitation
of Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA Gerry McHugh.
I am making this trip in order to highlight the glaring inconsistencies that
have arisen as a consequence of the near four-year persecution of myself and my
family since my arrest at the count centre in Omagh following the 2007 Assembly
Why have Vincent McAnespie and I been dragged through the supposedly phased-out
Diplock Court system, charged with Troubles-related issues going back 35-years,
while soldier "F" has yet to be arrested, let alone charged, for killing four
civilians in Derry on Bloody Sunday?
In addition, I shall want to know why no ex-members of the UDR and RUC have been
arrested for their roles in the loyalist killings of Catholic civilians in East
Tyrone and North Armagh during the Troubles.
In relation to this, I am considering making available a list of these
ex-UDR/RUC identities with a view to having an MLA name them in Stormont under
Our prosecution amounts to a cherry picking of the GFA by the NIO and is a
direct attack on the peace process.
Finally, I shall want to know why I, as one of the "on-the-runs", have been
singled out for politically motivated prosecution, while dozens of others have
been afforded "Royal Pardons". Why this discrimination?
November 17, 2010
SWEDISH GOVERNMENT HYPOCRISY
by Helen McClafferty
on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:19pm
The Swedish government just got finished turning over alleged political asylum documentation to be used in the trial of Gerry McGeough in the discredited Diplock court in the north of Ireland and allowed one of their government officials, Helen Hedebris, to testify on behalf of the prosecution. They then turn around and publicly criticize the European Court of Human Rights for not giving Iraqi asylum- seekers priority and stopped the deportation of 40 Iraqi asylum-seekers?
What is wrong with this picture? If it weren't for the Swedish government, Gerry McGeough would have been a free man. It appears from the article below, which appeared in today’s New York Times, that the Swedish government speaks out of both sides of their mouth. They are as two-faced as the British government.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's immigration authority has criticized the European Court of Human Rights for being inefficient in handling complaints from Iraqi asylum-seekers.
In a statement Wednesday the Swedish Migration Board said the European court has a big backlog of complaints from Iraqi asylum seekers and doesn't give priority to urgent cases.
Refugees who are denied asylum in a European country can appeal the decision to the European Court of Human Rights. Sweden assesses asylum seekers from Iraq on an individual basis and more than 200 such cases are currently being reviewed by the European court.
On Tuesday, Sweden stopped the deportation of 40 Iraqi asylum seekers because it was unsure about the guidance from the European court.
SEND THIS ARTICLE TO YOUR LOCAL PAPER WITH A LETTER TO THE EDITOR PROTESTING THE HYPOCRISY OF THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT WITH REGARD TO GERRY MCGEOUGH VS. OTHER POLITICAL ASYLUM-SEEKERS!
November 16, 2010
Gerry has reported a significant increase in the level of electronic harassment
this evening. Aside from "live-wire tapping" during phone-calls, when loud
metallic clicking sounds interrupt private conversations, there has also been
external interference on his facebook sites.
This comes only hours after the Democratic Unionist Party's justice spokesman
"Lord" Maurice Morrow, a South Tyrone politician and close chum of the UDR man
at the center of Gerry's case, launched a blistering attack against Gerry in the
Dungannon-based Tyrone Times newspaper.
With utter disregard for the judicial process and the fact that the trial is, de
facto, on-going until a verdict has been reached, Morrow falsely accused Gerry
and Vincent McAnespie (a standing member of Sinn Féin) of being "dissidents"---a
move aimed at prejudicing the outcome of their case.
Morrow's hate-filled tirade against Gerry is in stark contrast to his total
silence and refusal to condemn a paid advert in the local unionist newspaper,
the Tyrone Courier.
The ad, placed by the Dungannon Free Presbyterians in September, described Pope
Benedict XVI as "the man of sin and antichrist" and went on to label the
Catholic Mass as "a blasphemous fable and a dangerous deceit".
The Catholic community are seething with anger at the ad, the fact that it was
published and that no apology has come from the newspaper or any other
protestant/unionist quarter over the deep offense it has caused to Tyrone
The Tyrone Ancient Order of Hibernians have taken a public stance on the matter,
demanding an apology, and Gerry, as a leading Hibernian in the area, has made
public the fact that he has raised the issue with the Advertising Standards
Authority. He has also openly criticized unionist representatives for their
refusal to condemn this anti-Catholic sectarianism.
This has made him a particular hate-figure for the Free Presbyterians and
hard-line unionist politicians, who are eager to see him jailed as soon as
Conversely, it has won him huge levels of approval among Catholics and
November 14, 2010
Delegates at a meeting of the Ulster Provincial committee of the Ancient Order
of Hibernians (Board of Erin) today passed a motion expressing solidarity with
Gerry and his family.
The meeting, which was held in Lisburn, Co Antrim, was attended by Hibernians
from across Ulster. Gerry along with several of his Brethern from Brantry A.O.H.
Division 207 was also in attendance and he thanked the delegates for their
prayers and solidarity.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Gerry McGeough talks with Sandy Boyer and John McDonagh on WBAI's Radio Free Eireann. Click to download/listen to Gerry's interview.
November 12, 2010
About seven weeks ago, dozens of families from Gerry's home area bombarded the
Sinn Féin offices in Dungannon and Coalisland, in County Tyrone, with numerous
phone-calls beseeching the local politicians to do something about the scandal
of the on-going political show-trial. Those people are still waiting for a
reply/acknowledgement to their queries.
This tardiness and contempt for the electorate is in stark contrast to the swift
response of Miriam Gonzalez, the wife of Britain's Deputy Prime Minister, Nick
On November 9th, Gerry's sister-in-law e-mailed Gonzalez from Spain and asked
her fellow Spaniard to intervene in the case on humanitarian grounds.
Within 48-hours Gonzalez responded by private e-mail regreting that there was
nothing she could do in the matter. The good manners of this reply was
How much longer will the people of South Tyrone have to wait for their local
politicians to show them the decency of a reply to their questions? Maybe they
plan to deliver the response on the doorsteps when they come calling for votes
Meanwhile, it has emerged that an observer at the last day of the Diplock
"trial" in Belfast calculated that £15,000 in tax-payers' money was spent on
that day alone! How much has this entire charade cost over the last
three-and-a-half years and could that money not have been spent more usefully in
this time of global recession?
November 10, 2010
The Diplock Court "trial" finally ended today and a verdict is to be handed down at some point over the coming weeks.
In any normal judicial system the case against Gerry would have been thrown out ages ago. However, the Diplock Courts were instituted in order to insure convictions despite the lack of hard, or any, evidence.
It is no coincidence that the Diplock Court system, which was supposed to have been ended in 2009, was extended for an extra two years in July of last year. This extension enabled the British to "try" Gerry under this notoriously corrupt provision, which they have just done.
Today, Gerry's legal team told him to brace himself for a twenty-year sentence, to be handed down before Christmas.
Michelle Gildernew on the last day of the
McGeough/McAnespie trial issued a statement
calling for the proceedings to be halted.
The Pressure Group "Justice for the McGeough Family" has welcomed the late
intervention comments by Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildernew.
On November 9th, in what was to have been the last day of the trial, Ms
Gildernew issued a statement calling for the proceedings to be halted. The
Diplock Court trial against Gerry McGeough and Vincent McAnespie first began on
March 8th, 2010.
The Pressure Group nonetheless appreciate the MP's statement, which comes at a
time of growing anger and frustration among ordinary people at the perceived
injustice being perpetrated against the two men by the British/Unionist
November 9, 2010
6th day in McGeough/McAnespie Trial
In the course of his closing argument, Gerry's barrister today completely
demolished the prosecution's case against his client.
If there is a conviction against Gerry following this magnificent defense, then
it will be on purely political grounds.
Although the trial was to have officially ended today, proceedings will have to
be continued again tomorrow in order to allow Vincent McAnespie's barrister to
finish his closing arguments.
November 8, 2010
British Double Standards
Here is a picture of Soldier F. A liar and a murderer. This man is responsible for the murder of 4 innocent civil rights marchers in Derry in 1972. Why isn’t he on trial right now facing criminal charges?
The British crown and their minions, the RUC/PSNI, had no problem arresting Gerry McGeough 3 ½ years ago on alleged 30 year old troubles related charges, and they continue to drag him through a politically motivated trial in their Diplock court. The British government, although they publicly apologized for the murder of 13 innocent people on that day - Bloody Sunday, they still have not brought any of the soldiers involved in that massacre to trial to date. What is wrong with this picture?
Soldier F: two hours after Bloody Sunday shootings - Bloody
November 8, 2010
Update on 5th day of the trial of McGeough/McAnespie
Today, Vincent McAnespie took the stand in order to deny the charge of "intent"
that has been leveled against him.
Following this, the prosecution began its summation, which will continue tomorrow morning.
This will be followed by the Defense teams concluding their arguments also. The trial will
officially end tomorrow and the verdict will be handed down in the coming weeks.
If convicted, Gerry will receive a twenty year sentence under the Diplock process.
There shouldl be a lot of nervous people if Gerry goes down on this charge!.
I am trying to be very optimistic that there will be a moment of truth somewhere in tomorrow's
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Open Letter to all International
Human Rights Organisations
Who especially handle political asylum cases
Re: Gerry McGeough
The general consensus that society in the north of Ireland must now "move on" from the era of the Troubles is being seriously undermined by an on-going legal saga that is causing growing resentment among nationalists in Tyrone and which is now starting to gain attention elsewhere across Ireland and beyond.
November 1, 2010 saw the resumption of a trial that is raising issues of major concern to international Human Rights groups as well as bringing to light matters that the British government, in particular, would prefer left untouched.
At the centre of the controversy is 52-year-old Gerry McGeough, a teacher and published author from the Brantry area of South Tyrone, who is now the focus of a political and legal storm that has dragged in the Swedish government, the U.S. and German authorities and a host of interested parties from several other nations. Added to this is a growing litany of revelations that has opened a Pandora's Box of secret deals and leaked intelligence memos that are beginning to cause major angst within some political circles.
The saga began on March 8th, 2007, the day after the Stormont Assembly elections when Gerry McGeough, who had stood as an Independent Republican candidate in the Fermanagh/South Tyrone constituency, was dramatically arrested outside the Count Centre in Omagh. A convoy of PSNI vehicles took McGeough to Antrim, where he was eventually charged with membership in the IRA in 1975, when he was 16-years-old, and with wounding a part-time member of the UDR in 1981. The arrest became news headlines within the hour
Shortly after Mr. McGeough's arrest, Vincent McAnespie, an Aughnacloy Building Contractor in his late forties, was also arrested following a raid on his home. The charges against Mr. McAnespie were eventually reduced to possession of weapons in 1981.
Explaining the unusual manner of Mr. McGeough's arrest, the PSNI claimed that they had been looking for him for years but had not been able to locate him until his appearance at the Omagh Count Centre. Mr. McGeough’s lawyers dismissed this as "ridiculous", pointing out that apart from the fact that he had been living openly in the North before the election; he was also one of the most high-profile candidates during the campaign, speaking regularly in public and making appearances on T.V. and live radio programs.
Mr. McGeough’s arrest was politically motivated and sanctioned by the British government. If a political candidate was arrested during an election in Zimbabwe, or anywhere else, the British would be squealing about human rights abuses".
After three weeks in Maghaberry prison, Mr. McGeough's lawyers finally secured bail for him following a considerable legal struggle during which the Prosecution tried to prevent his release by claiming that he was wanted in Germany and the United States for Irish republican related activities in the 1980s. When these accusations were found to be groundless, he was released on strict bail conditions, most of which remain in place over three-and-a-half-years later.
Mr. McGeough, who lives with his Spanish-born wife and their four young children, spent the next couple of years making monthly court appearances during which the case was constantly put back, sometimes for the flimsiest of reasons, such as someone at the DPP had forgotten to post a letter crucial to the investigation.
During this time, the family had to put up with many hardships including having a British Army helicopter hover and clatter over their remote rural home at eleven o'clock one night as small children struggled to sleep. They have also had to endure phone-tapping, e-mail and regular mail interception and disruption. In addition, because of the serious Troubles-related charges against him, Mr. McGeough has not been able to find work as a teacher since his arrest.
In July, 2009, Mr. McGeough suffered a massive heart-attack. That same month, the British government extended the use of the non-jury Diplock Court system for another two years. A notorious legacy of the Troubles, the Diplock Courts were supposed to have been finally phased out by 2009.
On March 8th, exactly three years after his arrest, Mr. McGeough was put on trial before a
Diplock Court in Belfast. The previous day, the Sunday Tribune newspaper revealed that a secret deal had been done between the British government and Sinn Féin allowing up to fifty "on-the-run" republicans to receive Royal Pardons since the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Shaun Woodward, Britain's then Secretary of State for the North, publicly denounced the revelation as "nonsense". Shortly afterwards, McGeough's lawyers produced one of the Pardons and the Northern Ireland Office has since confirmed that a deal had, in fact, been done.
Arguing that their client, who is one of the listed "on-the-runs", was being discriminated against for political reasons, Mr. McGeough's legal team secured an adjournment of the trial after three days while they sought the disclosure of documents from the NIO for an "Abuse of Process" application.
Despite ample evidence of the existence of such material, a judge ruled that the NIO need not disclose some forty-one relevant files in the interests of "national security". He also dismissed the "Abuse of Process" application and the trial resumed on September 13th. That day consisted of having a PSNI detective read a full chapter of one of Gerry's books to the court. He had "secured" the book from a library in Dublin. The novel itself, "Defenders", is a work of fiction published in 1998. Incredibly, this has been accepted as "evidence" by the non-jury court.
The trial against Mr. McGeough, which is estimated to have cost £1 million to date, was halted again the following day after McGeough was rushed to hospital where he underwent a further heart procedure on September 17th. He has since been released from hospital and the trial resumed on November 1st.
If convicted, he will spend two years in prison under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement before being eligible for release on license. Mr. McGeough’s children, all of whom were born since the year 2000, are the real victims of the Troubles. This whole experience is a real trauma for them. Why should they have to be put through this?
A staunch supporter of the Peace Process, Mr. McGeough and his supporters believe he is being singled out simply because he stood in the elections and expressed a viewpoint that upset the powers that be. People are verbally upset and now starting to question “why are no British soldiers being put on trial for Bloody Sunday"? And, what about those behind the Dublin/Monaghan bombings? Either the Troubles are over or they're not. If not, then shouldn’t everybody be put on trial before Diplock Courts?
Meanwhile, the Prosecution used alleged Political Asylum application papers from Sweden as the mainstay of its evidence against Mr. McGeough. The move has raised considerable alarm among some international Human Rights groups, who argue that this violates the whole concept of political asylum and is an attack upon the rights of refugees everywhere.
Swedish Civil Servant Helen Hedebris, believed to be fanatically pro-British, obviously had been working in close collaboration with the RUC/PSNI over the years and her testimony for the prosecution, against Mr. McGeough in a Diplock trial, was disgraceful and the Swedish government should hang their head in shame for allowing her to testify for the prosecution.
In their obsessive need to prosecute and imprison this Irishman, the British obviously were prepared to turn international political asylum refugee laws on their head. This move on November 4, 2010 by the British and Swedish governments now has widespread implications for the entire concept of political asylum.
Ironically, under British law, Political Asylum applicants are guaranteed that their documents will be kept confidential and under no circumstances handed over to the authorities in the country they may be fleeing from. The Crown’s prosecution argued that this doesn't apply to material from Sweden?
Supporters of Mr. McGeough and the Good Friday Agreement are now asking that all international Human Rights organizations, especially those dealing with asylum-seekers, take the Swedish and British governments to task for their blatant disregard in using political asylum documents as evidence in the discredited Diplock Court system in the north of Ireland.
What happened here is a stain on Sweden's otherwise excellent record in the area of international Human Rights. Without this Swedish input, Gerry would now be a free man. The British and Swedish governments must now be held accountable for this and we are asking for these Human Rights organizations to press for a review of the decision on the documentation used in Mr. McGeough’s trial.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Gerry McGeough talks to John McDonagh about the latest developments in his trial on WBAI's Radio Free Eireann. Click to download/listen to the interview with Gerry.
Click to download/listen to the whole show, which includes an interview with Richard O’Rawe, whose new book Afterlives was launched in Belfast on Thursday evening.
November 6, 2010
A statement in support of Gerry McGeough
by Chris and Mary Fogarty
Even if found "guilty" what will McGeough be "guilty" of? Of being a patriot? He is charged, as an Irishman, with attacking but NOT killing an invading British soldier! How long ago - 25 years ago? Meanwhile, the English soldiers who murdered 14 human rights marchers on Bloody
Sunday will NOT be prosecuted even though Prime Minister Cameron recently admitted in parliament that those soldiers had perpetrated mass murder that day.
So, the British gov't, having stonewalled calls for justice for more than 30 years, finally fessed' up; but STILL refuses to prosecute the murderers. The difference in British gov't treatment of McGeough for an alleged "attempt" and the impunity granted to British soldiers who actually perpetrated
Bloody Sunday (and the Dublin/Monaghan bombing murders of 33, etc. etc.) demonstrates the corruption of British rule in Ireland. And that permanent, traditional, murderous corruption is why Ireland must break free of it. What Ireland needs to be free is more men and women of integrity, determination, self-respect, and courage. Gerry McGeough personifies all of these virtues. How small and vicious are his persecutors in comparison!
November 5, 2010 - 4th Day of McGeough/McAnespie Trial
To no great surprise the Diplock Court trial judge today "ruled" that Political
Asylum application papers from Sweden are admissible as "evidence" against
The move by Judge Ben Stevens, an Englishman and reputed senior freemason,
reflects the growing blatant determination by the British authorities to have
Gerry convicted and railroaded into jail as soon as possible.
Gerry remains equally determined in his views that the British have no right to
occupy any part of Ireland and that they should get out as soon as possible.
November 4th - Continuation of the McGeough/McAnespie Trial
Swedish Government Needs To Be Held Accountable For Their Disgraceful Collusion With The British Government!
First time observers at Gerry's trial today said they were left stunned at the proceedings. One shocked on-looker even described it as a "pure political show-trial".
The main focus of attention today was Swedish Immigration official Helen Hedebris, who proved herself to be more British than the British themselves with her constant reference to "here in Britain" when speaking about the North of Ireland. At one point Hedebris, who was a prosecution witness, went into Margaret Thatcher mode when she called the shooting of British soldiers in the context of the Irish Troubles as nothing more than a crime and actions that couldn't be remotely described as "political".
Hedebris spent much of her time in the witness box reading out tracts from a 1983 Political Asylum application that was allegedly lodged by Gerry when he supposedly sought refugee status in Sweden.
Having heard the contents, the trial judge is now going to rule on whether or not they are admissible for his consideration. Only a Diplock court could provide such wondrous conflict of interest.
Ironically, under British law, Political Asylum applicants are guaranteed that their documents will be kept confidential and under no circumstances handed over to the authorities in the country they may be fleeing from. The prosecution argued that this doesn't apply to material from Sweden-and Hedebris showed herself eager to agree with them.
The Swedish woman was in her element in the Diplock Court setting. Visibly excited at being "one of the team", on-lookers said "she was beside herself as she mingled with RUC/PSNI detectives and prosecution functionaries".
Without this Swedish input, Gerry would now be a free man.
The Swedish Government's collusion with the British government to convict Gerry McGeough at any cost needs to be immediately condemned by everyone.
In their obsessive need to prosecute and imprison this Irishman, the British obviously were prepared to turn international political asylum refugee laws on their head. This move today now has widespread implications for the entire concept of political asylum and should now become a major Human Rights issue and we all have an obligation to make it such!
Swedish Civil Servant Helen Hedebris, believed to be fanatically pro-British, obviously has been working in close collaboration with the RUC/PSNI over the years and her testimony today for the prosecution, against Gerry in a Diplock trial, was disgraceful and the Swedish government should hang their head in shame today.
There should be worldwide outrage at the fact that confidential political asylum application papers were used as "evidence" in the discredited Diplock Court system in the North of Ireland. Today's action is a stain on Sweden's otherwise excellent record in the area of international Human Rights. The Swedish government must now be held accountable for this.
November 3, 2010
As the trial is set to continue for the second half of the week, Gerry has taken
the opportunity to thank all those who have been sending him messages of support
from across Ireland, the United States, Australia and beyond.
The prayers and expressions of solidarity have been a great comfort for all the
McGeough family and are deeply appreciated.
Retired garda questioned about MI6 whistleblower
A RETIRED Garda detective claimed privilege in a court yesterday after he was questioned about former MI6 officer and whistleblower Fred Holroyd – even though he said he did not know him.
Former detective John McCoy was giving evidence by videolink from Dublin in the resumed trial at Belfast Crown Court of Tyrone republican Gerry McGeough, who is denying the attempted murder of a UDR soldier nearly 30 years ago.
The prosecution claims Mr McGeough (51) was injured after his intended victim Samuel Brush returned fire during an ambush near Aughnacloy in June 1981. It is alleged that Mr McGeough, from Carrycastle Road, Dungannon, who stood in the 2007 Assembly elections, was treated for a gunshot wound in a Dublin hospital before being transferred to Monaghan County Hospital.
Mr McCoy said he was one of the Garda officers assigned to guard a man he believed to be Mr McGeough, but the patient walked out of the hospital along with a large group of visitors, including a leading IRA man.
During cross-examination a lawyer for Mr McGeough asked Mr McCoy if he knew a man called Fred Holroyd.
He replied that he did not know him, but added: “I would claim privilege on that.”
Mr McCoy said he had read plenty of newspaper articles “that I have been associated with that particular gentleman, but I cannot recall ever having met him”.
The lawyer asked Mr McCoy: “Why did you ask to claim privilege in respect of someone you didn’t know?”
Mr McCoy replied: “I didn’t want to pursue it to protect the State.”
He added: “My reputation has been linked to this man by numerous statements and articles in the papers and this gentleman said he knew me.”
He insisted he had never had any dealings with Mr Holroyd.
Vincent McAnespie (47), from Aghabo Close, Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, is denying possession of guns and ammunition and impeding Mr McGeough’s apprehension by hiding the weapons.
Retired Garda denies knowing MI6 whistle blower
A retired Garda detective has denied having any links to British intelligence.
John McCoy tried to claim privilege when he was questioned about former MI6 officer and whistle blower Fred Holyroyd - even though he said he did not know him.
John McCoy was giving evidence by video link from Dublin at the trial of prominent republican Gerry McGeough.
Mr McGeough denies attempting to murder a UDR soldier nearly 30 years ago.
The prosecution claims that Mr McGeough, 51, was injured after his intended victim Samuel Brush returned fire on him during an ambush near Aughnacloy in June 1981.
It is alleged that Mr McGeough from Carrycastle Road, Dungannon, who stood in the 2007 Assembly elections, was treated for a gunshot wound in a Dublin hospital before being transferred to Monaghan County Hospital.
Belfast Crown Court heard from John McCoy that he was one of the police officers assigned to guard a man he believed to be Mr McGeough but the patient walked out of the hospital along with a large group of visitors, including he claimed, leading IRA man Jim Lynagh.
During cross examination, a lawyer for Mr McGeough asked the retired detective if he knew a man called Fred Holyroyd.
Gerry McGeough denies a charge of attempted murder He replied that he did not know him but said: "I would claim privilege on that".
Mr McCoy said he had read plenty of newspaper articles "that I have been associated with that particular gentleman but I cannot recall ever having met him."
'Protect the State'
The lawyer asked Mr McCoy: "Why did you ask to claim privilege in respect of someone you didn't know?"
McCoy replied "I didn't want to pursue it to protect the State".
He added: "My reputation has been linked to this man by numerous statements and articles in the papers and this gentleman said he knew me."
But he insisted he had never had any dealings with Mr Holyroyd.
Also in the dock was 47-year-old Vincent McAnespie from Aghabo Close, Aughnacloy.
He denies possession of guns and ammunition and impeding Mr McGeough's apprehension by hiding the weapons.
Trial Update: November 2, 2010
Following some inconclusive legal wrangling, Gerry's trial was adjourned early today and will resume on Thursday when the Swedish Immigration official Helen Hedebris is scheduled to testify.
The prosecution's entire case against Gerry now hinges on the use of Swedish Political Asylum application papers as "evidence" in this Diplock trial.
On Thursday, Gerry's lawyers will argue that such material is, by its very nature, inadmissible as "evidence".
The Judge's ruling, which will have widespread international implications in regard to Refugee Status, will be eagerly watched by Civil and Human Rights groups everywhere.
November 1, 2010
Gerry's Diplock Court trial resumed today. Due to technical problems it took some time before the video link to a court in Dublin could be established.
When this did eventually get underway, several witnesses gave their testimony. These included a number of mostly retired members of the Gardaí who, it was claimed, guarded a hospitalized wounded man in 1981. The Six-County prosecution allege that this man was Gerry, however the upshot of today's testimonies revealed that none of the witnesses could positively establish the wounded man's identity.
A forensic report on the bullet removed from the wounded man stated that it could not be attributed to a particular weapon with any degree of certainty.
Among those giving evidence was retired Garda Detective John McCoy. McCoy was questioned about allegations that he was the "Badger", a code name given to a member of the Gardaí who was said to be working for British Intelligence in the 26-Counties during the Troubles. The retired Garda invoked "Privilege" during this line of questioning.
The trial continues.
October 31, 2010
Eve of trial statement from Gerry McGeough
Just want to say a big THANK-YOU to everyone who has sent messages of support and offered their prayers ahead of the re-starting of this so-called "trial".
By now, you will all be aware of the fact that this charade has nothing
whatsoever to do with Justice and everything to do with continuing the war against the Irish people by other means. It is raw, brute political intimidation and censorship in its most blatant form.
This persecution against me is being driven by elements from within the British /Unionist establishment who hate with a passion everything that is Irish Nationalist and Catholic. They are blinded by bigotry.
Needless to say, I have never been impressed or intimidated by this outfit in the past and most certainly will not bow down to them now. Irish-Catholics will not be pushed around in our own country and the sooner these people face that reality the better.
My patience has been sorely tested by these anti-Irish, anti-Catholic wretches and I believe that the time has now come for the establishment of a broad-based Independence Movement that will demand the end to foreign misrule in our country. Our ancient Irish Nation requires freedom, unity and full independence from Britain...as of now.
As an Irishman, I am sick to the teeth of the English presence in our country. England has nothing to offer our people but misery and captivity. This is our Nation and we want it back. England, get out of Ireland and take your pathetic little Diplock courts with you! Remember, the Irish Nation will never be beaten and Irishmen and women everywhere must stand up and be proud of our ancient
heritage and noble history of resistance to the foreign enemy! Éirinn go Brách/Ireland Forever!
October 29, 2010
The Pressure Group "Justice for the McGeough Family" are asking people to turn
up and show their support for Gerry when the Diplock trial re-opens on Monday,
The Group recognise that this is a Catholic Holy Day of Obligation and that
people and their families will be attending Mass. Undoubtedly, this date was
specially selected by the viciously anti-Catholic elements who still run the
Six-Counties for that very reason.
The Group, however, are urging those who can make it to turn-up at the Laganside
Court in Belfast for 10.00am. The courtroom is on the 4th floor of the building.
Everyone's support and solidarity is greatly appreciated.
October 28, 2010
Gerry's lawyers have written to the Prosecution asking them to reconsider the
date they have selected for the re-opening of the trial.
November 1st is All Saints' Day, a very special date in the Catholic calendar
and many people feel that the freemasons/orangemen who dominate the Diplock
system have chosen this date as a deliberate provocation.
Gerry's supporters have pointed out that no orthodox Jew would be forced to
appear in court during Yom Kippur and it will be interesting to see how the
Prosecution respond to a request to have Catholic religious sensibilities
October 27, 2010
Gerry McGeough in reply to Mairtin O'Muilleoir's article: "Poppies In The Wind"
"A good article and I'm glad that those close to the Sinn Féin leadership in Belfast are finally speaking out in public against this injustice. Máirtin Ó Muilleoir, however, knows fine well that I am not a "dissident" republican and to suggest this in his otherwise excellent article was wholly unnecessary. One does not have to be a member of Sinn Féin in order to be a mainstream republican. Aside from that correction-go raibh maith agat, a Mháirtin
From the Balcony, A Publisher's Blog
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Poppies in the Wind
Straws in the wind set to disturb efforts to build support for a new era in policing come from the most unexpected sources.
The sporting of poppies is a political statement in Britain but in the North of Ireland it is also, sadly, often used as a sectarian symbol. Wise counsel would suggest that an impartial police force avoid wearing poppies in republican areas — not least because they evoke memories of the despised RUC officer, machine gun in one hand, baton in the other, poppy on the helmet.
Apparently, those who support the wearing of poppy on the PSNI uniform won that argument. Last week in West Belfast, before the official poppy season kicked in, officers were patrolling the streets — where their welcome remains tentative — with the poppy on show, two weeks before the official appeal kicks off.
Similarly, the vindictive efforts to railroad dissident republican Gerry McGeough into jail for an IRA attack carried out a lifetime ago smacks of the worst actions of securocrats. How strange that anyone who raises the slaughter of civilians by the British Army is dismissed as living in the past while enormous resources are deployed to put Gerry McGeough behind bars in connection with an incident from those same dark days. When Mr McGeough's trial starts on 1 November, don't be surprised if it collapses swiftly. All the evidence is that while paper-thin cases were sufficient to imprison republicans in the seventies along the conveyor belt of Castlereagh and courts, things have tightened up considerably since then. Let's see.
Posted by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir at 11:25 PM
October 25, 2010
The Pressure Group "Justice for the McGeough Family" have issued a statement
congratulating Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildernew on the recent High Court ruling
confirming her position as the Member of Parliament for Fermanagh/South Tyrone.
Ms. Gildernew secured the constituency by one vote, which prompted the Unionist
opposition candidate to bring legal action, citing alleged electoral malpractice
during the poll last May.
Now that she is the official MP for the area, the Pressure Group have asked that
she break her more than three-and-a-half year silence on the nightmare that the
McGeough family have been put through by the British authorities ever since
Gerry's arrest following the 2007 Assembly Elections in which he stood as a
Not only is Ms Gildernew the local political representative, but she is also a
neighbor of the McGeough family living just a few fields away in the next
townland and their children attend the same school together.
The Pressure Group have described Ms. Gildernew's inability to speak out on
behalf of a fellow republican as "weird and inappropriate".
They add that there is no political rationale to her silence given that her
fellow Sinn Féin MP, Pat Doherty, who represents West Tyrone, has made a point
of recently visiting Gerry at his home in South-East Tyrone in order to discuss
the case and listen to the family's concerns. Mr. Doherty was warmly welcomed by
the McGeough family and his visit has been applauded by people in the
Brantry/Eglish area, who appreciate his decency in this matter.
Members of Sinn Féin have also traveled from as far away as Dublin to express
solidarity with Gerry and the Pressure Group are now asking why Michelle
Gildernew cannot make the two minute journey to the McGeough household in order
to do likewise.
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SUNDAY TRIBUNE - OCTOBER 24, 2010
Retired garda known as 'The Badger' to testify in IRA attempted murder trial
Lawyers for Gerry McGeough, accused of trying to kill a UDR man almost 30 years ago, to cross-examine former detective
Suzanne Breen, Northern Editor
Gerry McGeough leaves Enniskillen court handcuffed in a police car
A retired garda detective known as 'The Badger', who had a close working relationship with British intelligence, is to be called as a witness in the trial of a former Sinn Féin ard comhairle member and IRA gun-runner.
Lawyers for Gerry McGeough, who is accused of trying to kill a UDR man almost 30 years ago, are keen to cross-examine the Badger. McGeough, from Co Tyrone, is the first republican to be tried for historical crimes since the Good Friday Agreement.
The prosecution claims he was injured when he tried to kill UDR man Sammy Brush in 1981. It is alleged that Brush returned fire and that McGeough was treated for a gunshot wound in St Vincent's hospital in Dublin and later Monaghan County Hospital.
The Badger was one of several gardaí sent to guard the wounded man, alleged to be McGeough, in Monaghan County Hospital and to arrest him when he was discharged. However, the patient escaped before he could be arrested.
In 2007, the Badger made a statement about this incident to gardaí. This statement is part of the prosecution case. Although the prosecution haven't listed the Badger as a witness, McGeough's lawyers want to cross-examine him.
Solicitor Peter Corrigan said: "We have requested that he be called as a witness. Around six other guards are already due to give evidence via video link from the Four Courts."
McGeough's lawyers are consulting with former MI6 officer turned whistle-blower Fred Holroyd, who met the Badger several times. Holroyd said the detective gave information on republicans to British intelligence.
Although gardaí kept their relationship with British intelligence secret because of the political sensitivities at the time, the Badger met MI6 with the full knowledge and authority of his superiors, Holroyd said.
In his statement, the Badger describes how the patient in Monaghan County Hospital, alleged to be Gerry McGeough, had feebly walked the corridors in a dressing gown, pyjamas and slippers, complaining of pain.
That evening, a young man who said he was McGeough's brother arrived with three women to visit the patient. Four IRA men – including Jim Lynagh who was killed by the SAS at Loughall six years later – also visited. Gardaí then saw the women, and what appeared to be the first young man, leave after 30 minutes. The young man walked out normally. Gardaí later discovered it was actually the patient dressed as his visitor.
McGeough's trial, which was postponed after he became ill and underwent emergency heart surgery six weeks ago, is due to resume next week.
October 24, 2010
October 11, 2010
STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE RECENTLY FORMED "JUSTICE FOR THE MCGEOUGH FAMILY" PRESSURE GROUP
The general consensus that society here must now "move on" from the era of the
Troubles is being seriously undermined by an on-going legal saga that is causing
growing resentment among nationalists in Tyrone and which is now starting to
gain attention elsewhere across Ireland and beyond.
November 1st sees the resumption of a trial that is raising issues of major
concern to international Human Rights groups as well as bringing to light
matters that the British government, in particular, would prefer left untouched.
At the centre of the controversy is 52-year-old Gerry McGeough, a teacher and
published author from the Brantry area of South Tyrone, who is now the focus of
a political and legal storm that has dragged in the Swedish government, the U.S.
and German authorities and a host of interested parties from several other
nations. Added to this is a growing litany of revelations that has opened a
Pandora's Box of secret deals and leaked intelligence memos that are beginning
to cause major angst within some political circles.
The saga began on March 8th, 2007, the day after the Stormont Assembly elections
when Gerry McGeough, who had stood as an Independent Republican candidate in the
Fermanagh/South Tyrone constituency, was dramatically arrested outside the Count
Centre in Omagh. The large media contingent gathered for the Tally just yards
away ensured that the arrest became news headlines within the hour.
A convoy of PSNI vehicles took McGeough to Antrim, where he was eventually
charged with membership of the IRA in 1975, when he was 16-years-old, and with
wounding a part-time member of the UDR in 1981.
Shortly after McGeough's arrest, Vincent McAnespie, an Aughnacloy Building
Contractor in his late forties, was also arrested following a raid on his home.
The charges against Mr. McAnespie were eventually reduced to possession of
weapons in 1981.
Explaining the unusual manner of Mr. McGeough's arrest, the PSNI claimed that
they had been looking for him for years but had not been able to locate him
until his appearance at the Omagh Count Centre.
Gerry McGeough has dismissed this as "ridiculous", pointing out that apart from
the fact that he had been living openly in the North before the election, he was
also one of the most high-profile candidates during the hustings, speaking
regularly in public and making appearances on T.V. and live radio programmes.
"My arrest was politically motivated", he says, "and sanctioned by the British
government. If a political candidate was arrested during an election in
Zimbabwe, or anywhere else, the British would be squealing about human rights
After three weeks in Maghaberry prison, McGeough's lawyers finally secured bail
for him following a considerable legal struggle during which the Prosecution
tried to prevent his release by claiming that he was wanted in Germany and the
United States for Irish republican related activities in the 1980s. When these
accusations were found to be groundless, he was released on strict bail
conditions, most of which remain in place over three-and-a-half-years later.
McGeough, who lives with his Spanish-born wife and their four young children,
spent the next couple of years making monthly court appearances during which the
case was constantly put back, sometimes for the flimsiest of reasons, such as
someone at the DPP had forgotten to post a letter crucial to the investigation.
During this time, the family had to put up with many hardships including having
a British Army helicopter hover and clatter over their remote rural home at
eleven o'clock one night as small children struggled to sleep. They have also
had to endure phone-tapping, e-mail and regular mail interception and
disruption. In addition, because of the serious Troubles-related charges against
him, Gerry McGeough has been unable to find work as a teacher since his arrest.
In July, 2009, McGeough suffered a massive heart-attack and would have died but
for the fact that he managed to get himself to hospital in time for emergency
That same month, the British government extended the use of the non-jury Diplock
Court system for another two years. A notorious legacy of the Troubles, the
Diplock Courts were supposed to have been finally phased out by 2009.
On March 8th, exactly three years after his arrest, Gerry McGeough was put on
trial before a Diplock Court in Belfast. The previous day, the Sunday Tribune
newspaper revealed that a secret deal had been done between the British
government and Sinn Féin allowing up to fifty "on-the-run" republicans to
receive Royal Pardons since the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Shaun Woodward, Britain's then Secretary of State for the North, publicly
denounced the revelation as "nonsense". Shortly afterwards, McGeough's lawyers
produced one of the Pardons and the Northern Ireland Office has since confirmed
that a deal had, in fact, been done.
Arguing that their client, who is one of the listed "on-the-runs", was being
discriminated against for political reasons, McGeough's legal team secured an
adjournment of the trial after three days while they sought the disclosure of
documents from the NIO for an "Abuse of Process" application.
Despite ample evidence of the existence of such material, a judge ruled that the
NIO need not disclose some forty-one relevant files in the interests of
"national security". He also dismissed the "Abuse of Process" application and
the trial resumed on September 13th. That day consisted of having a PSNI
detective read a full chapter of one of Gerry's books to the court. He had
"secured" the book from a library in Dublin. The novel itself, "Defenders", is a
work of fiction published in 1998. Incredibly, this has been accepted as
"evidence" by the non-jury court.
The trial against Gerry McGeough, which is estimated to have cost £1 million to
date, was halted again the following day after McGeough was rushed to hospital
where he underwent a further heart procedure on September 17th. He has since
been released from hospital and the trial is set to resume on November 1st.
If convicted, he will spend two years in prison under the terms of the Good
Friday Agreement before being eligible for release on license. McGeough argues
that his children, all of whom were born since the year 2000, are the real
victims of the Troubles. He describes how one morning last March, as he prepared
to leave for court in Belfast, his seven-year-old son got up out of bed at
6.30am in order to share an idea he had.
"He told me that he was going to dig a hole in one of the fields, put planks
over it and build a den so that he could hide Daddy. That way I wouldn't have to
go to jail", Gerry recalled. "Imagine a child lying awake at night worrying
about such things in the year 2010. This whole experience is a real trauma for
them. Why should they have to be put through this?
A staunch supporter of the Peace Process, McGeough believes that he is being
singled out simply because he stood in the elections and expressed a viewpoint
that upset the powers that be.
"Why are no British soldiers being put on trial for Bloody Sunday"?, he asks.
"And what about those behind the Dublin/Monaghan bombings? Either the Troubles
are over or they're not. If not, then let's put everybody on trial before Diplock
What's happening to us is just plain old anti-Irish Catholic discrimination.
People can see this and they resent it", Gerry McGeough said.
Meanwhile, it has now emerged that the Prosecution intends to use alleged
Political Asylum application papers from Sweden as the mainstay of its evidence
against Mr. McGeough. The move has raised considerable alarm among international
Human Rights groups, who argue that this violates the whole concept of political
asylum and is an attack upon the rights of refugees everywhere.
We, the recently formed "Justice for the McGeough Family" pressure group, are
asking people from all walks of life to become involved in the campaign to
highlight the discrimination currently being perpetrated against Gerry McGeough.
Write in protest to your local media and politicians. Keep Gerry and his family
in your prayers and, if possible, turn up at the trial in Belfast, now scheduled
for November 1st, and show your solidarity.
This is a just cause that needs your support. Now is the time to speak out
against this injustice and we thank-you for your help.
October 10, 2010
The trial of Gerry McGeough has been changed to November 1st.
Please go to the DONATE page and take the necessary actions required.
October 8, 2010
Three more sites have been set up to help support Gerry McGeough:
"Justice for Gerry McGeough"
"Free Gerry McGeough"
The links provided below will take you to these sites where you can leave Gerry a personal message and to find out what you can do to help Gerry and his family in their time of need.
Justice for Gerry McGeough (US)
Justice for Gerry McGeough (UK)
Free Gerry McGeough: news (UK)
Free Gerry McGeough:
news posts by Martyn Joseph Gallogly and others (UK)
Gerry McGeough (UK)
Thank you for your continued support.
October 4, 2010
Good Friday Agreement put on Trial through the Diplock Courts in the case of McGeough
By Brian Halpin
Gerry McGeough from Tyrone is a former political prisoner. He served time in Germany and the US in the 1990’s. He is an ex Ard Comhairle member of Sinn Féin. In 2007 he stood as an independent republican candidate in the assembly elections and was dramatically arrested outside the count centre in Omagh in March of that year.
Vincent McAnespie is married to Brenda McAnespie, a Sinn Féin councillor for Monaghan. He was arrested a short time after Gerry McGeough at his family home in Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone. Vincent’s brother Aiden was murdered by a British soldier in 1988 while he was on his way to a football game in Monaghan.
After a 3 ½ year delay the trial resumed on 13th September 2010. Gerry McGeough is charged with membership of the IRA in 1975 and the attempted murder of ex-UDR soldier and current DUP councillor Sammy Brush. Vincent McAnespie is facing charges relating to the possession of weapons for that shooting.
Bringing this case at all is against the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. In addition the British have used an application by Gerry McGeough to Sweden for political asylum as evidence against him – in violation of his right that such information be kept secret from third parties for 50 years
The case can only be described as an attempt by British securocrats to put the Good Friday Agreement on trial through the Diplock Courts. Former Loyalist combatants have given evidence to this effect exposing the case as anti-peace process. They stated that the British government through Mo Mowlam gave a verbal guarantee on a number of occasions that no republican or loyalist would face legal proceedings for offences pre 1998.
This type of political policing is totally unacceptable to republicans, who are determined to bring an end to British injustice in Ireland. Non political policing is an integral part of the peace process.
Brian Halpin is a law student and a member of Walkinstown Sinn Féin.
October 1, 2010
McGeough trial date changed. Again. Trial now set to resume November 1, 2010.
Monday September 27, 2010
Gerry's trial is set to resume on October 11th. No apparent consideration has been given to his current health and well-being.
Originally his trial was set to resume approximately six weeks after his second heart attack, but it is obvious now they want the trial done and over with before any demonstrations and growing unrest among concerned republicans and other supporters of Gerry can get underway.
It is time to move NOW on behalf of Gerry.
Sunday Tribune: September 26, 2010
Gerry McGeough trial put on hold after emergency heart surgery
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Gerry McGeough talks to John McDonagh and Sandy Boyer in his first interview on WBAI's Radio Free Eireann since his heart attack (click to download/listen).
September 23, 2010
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED IN THE GERRY MCGEOUGH
VINCENT MCANESPIE TRIAL
I am being appreciatively inundated with calls and emails from various people around the world, especially since Gerry McGeough’s second heart attack, asking “what can we do to help support Gerry and Vincent at this time”?
In the wake of these calls and emails, I ask you to take the following action:
1) Write letters to your local newspaper (Letters To The Editor)…
objecting to the fact that McGeough and McAnespie have been politically singled out to stand trial on” alleged charges dating back 30 years”, etc., etc., etc. You can go to the “freegerry.com web site for updated information on the case/trail.
2) FILL THE COURT ROOM WITH SUPPORTERS
Gerry McGeough is due back in court in approximately six weeks providing he is medically sound to do so.
3) DEMONSTRATE OUTSIDE THE COURT AS LONG AS THE TRIAL LASTS…
Carry posters that say “FREE GERRY MCGEOUGH AND VINCENT MCANESPIE”. “BRITISH GOVERNMENT RENEGES ON GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT”. “STOP THE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED PERSECUTION OF THESE TWO MEN”.
4) CONTACT YOUR LOCAL SWEDISH EMBASSY-RE: GERRY MCGEOUGH…
Insist that the Swedish government do two things: 1) make a statement denouncing the use of their asylum papers as evidence in any court against anybody and 2) to swiftly take the required action to have those papers immediately returned to their rightful owner, the Swedish government and don’t allow any Swedish government employee to testify in a Diplock court.
5) CALL, EMAIL, FAX YOUR LOCAL SINN FEIN …
Ask them…” what have they been doing to help McGeough and McAnespie since their arrest March 2007”? The one and only comment on their arrest was reported in An Phoblacht.com on March 8, 2007 where MP Michele Gildernew and TD Caoimhghin O Caolain “branded the arrest of Assembly election candidate Gerry McGeough as outrageous”. However, since then, there has been absolutely no further condemnation of their arrest and 3 ½ year persecution by the Crown. The big question here is WHY hasn’t Sinn Fein stepped up to the plate on behalf of McGeough and McAnespie?
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH
September 22, 2010
A brief Interview with Martin Galvin, Esq.
What It Means For Gerry McGeough If Pronounced Guilty
There is a great deal of speculation and assumptions floating around out there in cyber space regarding what type of sentence Gerry McGeough is facing. I asked Martin Galvin, a prominent New York attorney helping out on Gerry's case, to explain what the possibility is if pronounced guilty.
Martin explained that "Under the terms of the deal, if pronounced guilty, Gerry McGeough would first be sentenced to a lengthy jail term. While he would be eligible for early release, after 2 years, (even for someone like Gerry who endured a notorious German prison and 3 years in a federal penitentiary) this is not a minor thing for a man in his 50s with a bad heart serving time in the conditions at Maghaberry with young children.
Martin went on to to say that "The problem with this type of sentence is the fact it is "a release on license or parole", which can be revoked at any time for little or no reason other than the constabulary claims to have intelligence information that you are associating with people they dislike. (eg Terry McCafferty). McCafferty was jailed a few weeks after his release. It was claimed there was intelligence information that he was associating with dissident Republicans. After 15 months it was admitted that there had been no intelligence information against him. This could mean a quick return to Maghaberry prison under the original sentence".
For those of you not familiar with the Terry McCafferty case, the following was taken from the Irish News, Monday, March 29, 2010:
The Irish News reported "Alleged Real IRA leader” Terry McCafferty was released from Maghaberry Prison after the Sentence Review Commissions ruled his detention illegal on the basis that the case against him was unreliable. McCafferty had been released on licence in November 2008, half-way through a 12-year sentence for possession of explosives, but, as noted at the time, in December 2008 the Secretary of State revoked his parole licence and he was re-arrested at Belfast International Airport. Since then there has been a legal battle over the case, which included a December 2009 Court of Appeal ruling rejecting a legal challenge to the decision to revoke McCafferty’s licence.
As part of that legal battle the attorney general appointed a special advocate to represent McCafferty at hearings which he was not allowed to attend because of sensitive intelligence material presented to the commission by security agencies. The case took a dramatic turn earlier this month when the special advocate announced he was withdrawing from the case, claiming he was not being allowed to properly represent the alleged dissident. However, McCafferty’s lawyer Paul Pierce was last night informed that the sentence review commission had recommended the prisoner’s immediate release. Welcoming the move, Mr. Pierce said: “My client has been held in prison without any valid evidence for the last 15 months. “He will be considering a civil action against the secretary of state for this illegal detention.”
I hope the above information helps people to have a better understanding of exactly how serious are the consequences facing Gerry at this time. I cannot impress enough upon republicans that if Gerry is convicted, not only will it serve to prove the British government did not hold up their end of the Good Friday Agreement, but it will now set a precedent, going forward, that all republicans will now be in jeopardy if the RUC/PSNI decide you are next.
GERRY MCGEOUGH SUFFERS ANOTHER HEART ATTACK
SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Gerry was to appear again in court today when he was taken ill this morning and rushed to Craigavon Hospital. It appears he has suffered another heart attack and will remain in the hospital under observation until further notice.
IT IS TIME TO STOP THIS 3 ½ YEAR PERSECUTION OF
For several years, prior to Gerry’s arrest, he was living a peaceful existence with his wife and children in Tyrone until he decided to run in the Assembly Elections as an Independent candidate on an anti-PSNI platform in March of 2007. That is when Gerry’s life took a change for the worse and it has been a living nightmare for him and his family ever since. Gerry was arrested at the count center, following the poll, and he has been vindictively persecuted by the British crown and their minion civil servants the RUC/PSNI.
Over the 3 ½ years that Gerry’s trial was continuously postponed by the Crown, much of the "evidence" has consisted of reading the statements of dead people into the record, quoting paragraphs at his trial from his novel "Defenders", published in 1998, which was factored in to the Prosecution's argument. Using the BBC television program Panorama as part of their case in order to try to fabricate evidence against him by focusing on the 1997 series ‘Provos” by Peter Taylor (screened as “Behind the Mask in the U.S.). Gerry’s Diplock trial is a sham. The case against Gerry has degenerated into a farce.
In contrast, the British government has operated a secret scheme granting royal pardons or immunity from prosecution to hand-picked ex-IRA members and Loyalists wanted for killings, bombings and other paramilitary activities. No members of the British forces are being charged or tried for their part in the 1969-98 North of Ireland conflict (the soldiers responsible for "Bloody Sunday" including those British/Orange forces behind the Dublin-Monaghan bombings).
In their obsessive need to prosecute and imprison Gerry, his legal team’s “abuse of process” application was rejected and the British are now prepared to turn international political asylum refugee laws on their head by using as their chief “evidence” alleged political asylum application papers from Sweden (which are normally subjected to a 50-year confidentiality protection clause under Swedish law). The move will be the first time such documents will be used against a republican and has widespread implications for the entire concept of political asylum and has now become a major Human Rights issue.
To pretend that Gerry’s arrest and on-going legal saga has anything to do with “justice” is a pathetic joke. He is being discriminated against for purely political reasons and there is a determined effort to railroad him into prison at the highest political level.
Your prayers that Gerry returns to his normal good health and for an end to the 3 1/2 year harassment of him and his family by the RUC and Crown are greatly appreciated.
September 13th 2010
Gerry McGeough “Abuse of Process” Application Rejected
Gerry’s trial, adjourned since March, restarted today, September 13th. The resumption comes after his legal team’s “abuse of process” application was rejected this morning.
It appears that no matter how good the arguments, the Defense motions are destined to be brushed aside. Much of today’s “evidence” consisted of reading excerpts from Gerry’s novel “Defenders” to the court, while aged ex-members of the RUC and UDR from the Tyrone area looked on from the public gallery waiting to give testimony. According to many observers, “the show-trial has to be experienced to be believed.”
In this weekend’s Sunday Tribune, an article written by Suzanne Breen: “Swedish asylum allegations to be used in case against McGeough” stated that: “political asylum applications are generally regarded as confidential and it is understood that it will be the first time such documents will be used against a republican”. The article goes on to say that “indeed, the current position of the British government is that, in the public interest, asylum claims made by foreigners arriving in Britain are confidential. That is clearly stated on official forms given to asylum seekers. Gerry McGeough's attorney said "Gerry should have exactly the same rights."
According to the article “last year, the then British Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas, told the House of Commons: "Information received from asylum seekers is treated in confidence and details of their claims are not disclosed to the authorities of the country they fear being returned to."
So, there you have it…Britain’s double standard rears its ugly head once again when it comes to Irish republicans getting any fair treatment in their diplock court system. Tomorrow members of the Gardai are scheduled to testify by video link from Dublin.
From the Sunday Tribune, September 13 2010
Swedish asylum allegations to be used in case against McGeough
An application for political asylum in Sweden allegedly made almost 30 years ago by a former IRA gunrunner and Sinn Féin ard comhairle member is due to be used as ...more
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Gerry's interview with Sandy Boyer on Radio Free Eireann
Friday, September 3, 2010
Gerry's trial, due to have restarted on September 7th, has been rescheduled to
Monday, September 13th. Meantime, there will be an "Abuse of Process" hearing at the High Court in Belfast on Thursday, September 9th. A number of interesting developments are expected on this date, which will be made public as soon as possible.
Interview with Gerry McGeough - August 25, 2010
In an interview with Gerry McGeough regarding his case and the resumption of his trial scheduled for
September 7th, Gerry said that the recent article about his case in the Sunday World newspaper highlights the hypocrisy of the British authorities in this matter.
"People are amazed that the British are going to such lengths to have me imprisoned for charges relating to the Troubles, including membership of the IRA in 1975, while not one British soldier has been even questioned about the killing of Irish Catholic civilians in Derry on Bloody Sunday", McGeough said.
"The document exposed in the article in the Sunday World on August 22nd, which has been in the public domain for several years, shows also that despite the available evidence, the British have chosen not to prosecute certain individuals on the basis of political expediency. To pretend, therefore, that my arrest and on-going legal saga has anything to do with "justice" is a pathetic joke", he added.
"I am being discriminated against for purely political reasons, simply because I stood as an independent candidate in the 2007 Assembly Elections and rattled a lot of cages in the process".
Gerry McGeough went on to say that he believes that the era of the Troubles must be left in the past.
"People should not be prosecuted simply because their current political or religious viewpoints
upsets the present powers that be", he said.
"If we are going to have Troubles-related trials under the Troubles-related Diplock Court system,
then let's put everyone on trial including those British/Orange forces behind the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, in which I had relatives injured, Bloody Sunday, the killing of little Majella O'Hare and a
host of other atrocities".
Gerry McGeough went on to say that the silence from the Sinn Féin leadership on the injustice
that his and the McAnespie family were being put through year after year was nothing short of scandalous.
However, he made a point of thanking rank and file Sinn Féin people throughout Ireland who have expressed concern and outrage over the case and urged them to pressure their leadership into doing something for fellow Republicans.
"The Top Secret Defence"
Article in The Sunday World
Sunday, August 22 2010
August 19 2010
It has become absolutely ridiculous now trying to have a phone conversation with Gerry. Every time I call Gerry there is loud clicking on the telephone during conversations indicating that members of British Intelligence are at that very moment tuned into the conversation as opposed to the regular electronic recording of discussions.
As it is no state secret that Gerry's phone is under constant surveillance, the only purpose behind live wire tapping is that of petty harassment. For the first time, since the signing of the Stormont Agreement, my mail or any packages addressed to me and originating from the UK, Ireland and even in the USA are now being received open, delayed weeks due to "gov't inspection" according to UPS, or returned to original sender "stating no such person at this address", regardless of the fact the letter/package did in fact have the correct name, address and zip code on it.
The well paid functionaries within the British Intelligence system clearly have a lot of time on their hands.
August 15 2010
Keep the Catholics down!
A row within the rural Protestant/Unionist community in Gerry's area of Tyrone
has led to some interesting revelations, with exchanges now being made public.
In one instance, a man has told of an encounter he had with a local DUP
politician, who is known to be close to the UDR man at the center of Gerry's
In the course of the altercation, which revolved around business dealings with
Catholics, the politician pronounced that "once a Catholic is down, you put your
foot on him (to keep him down)".
This less than charitable outlook goes a long way towards explaining the
mentality behind the persecution of Gerry McGeough.
This Protestant "ethos" still dominates the apparatus of State within the
Six-Counties, and central to it is the need to keep the native Irish Catholics
"down and in their place".
Compliant Catholics, like the "useful idiots" of the Sinn Féin leadership, who
smilingly take their money and underscore British/Orange rule, are just about
tolerated; but those who speak out against British rule and injustice in Ireland
can easily find themselves in Gerry's position.
Happily, no amount of this nonsense is going to cower the likes of Gerry, who
has consistently spoken out against the evils of British misrule in Ireland.
WEEK OF AUGUST 9th - EMAIL CAMPAIGN - VERY IMPORTANT!
THE FOLLOWING SIMPLE QUESTION NEEDS TO BE POSED TO THE SWEDISH PM's office
The Honorable Fredrik Reinfeldt
Prime Minister of Sweden
"Is this Swedish Administration going to permit Helen Hedebris, one of your Civil
Servants, to act as a British crown witness in a politically motivated trial of Gerry McGeough
under the discredited Diplock Court system in Belfast?
No members of the British forces are being charged or tried for their part in
the 1969-98 North of Ireland conflict (e.g. the soldiers responsible for
"Bloody Sunday", 1972), yet you are prepared to help in the persecution of Irish
Nationalists, thus causing further bitterness for another generation. Is this
Sweden's only contribution to the Irish Peace process"?
Thank you very much for your support. We cannot allow Gerry McGeough to be railroaded and used as a "scapegoat" by the RUC/PSNI and the British Government.
August 5 2010
Northern Ireland Still A "Protestant State for a Protestant People".
Speaking at the Féile an Phobail festival in West Belfast on August 4th, the
Unionist politician Ian Paisley Jr. has said that people need to "move on" from
the Troubles. He was speaking in the context of further inquiries into the
murderous brutality of the British State against Irish Catholic civilians.
Mr Paisley was arguing that such inquiries should now end and that we must put
the past behind us. The fact that the hounding of Gerry McGeough is being driven
in large part by DUP elements in Tyrone would seem to show that his own party is
not quite ready to "move on" from the Troubles.
Once again, the Six-Counties emerges as a "Protestant State for a Protestant
July 28, 2010 - BREAKING NEWS
July 27, 2010
PLEASE CONTACT THE PRIME MINISTER OF SWEDEN, THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND THE MINISTER OF IMMIGRATION AND ASYLUM. RE: GERRY MCGEOUGH POLITICAL ASYLUM PAPERS! THIS IS AN URGENT AND IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUEST.
The Government and its Offices
The Government and the Government Offices of Sweden. "The Government governs the Realm. ... The Prime Minister and Ministers ...
July 25, 2010 -
In an article in today's Sunday Independent, Ireland's most widely read
newspaper, it has been revealed that the British have finally admitted that they issued "Pardons" to several Irish Republicans, the so-called "on-the-runs".
The admission by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is in stark contrast to the earlier position adopted by the British government in March of this year.
In that month, Gerry McGeough went public with the news that secret deals had been done between the British and Sinn Féin in relation to wanted republicans loyal to the SF leadership.
The British immediately denied that such deals had been done and the then Labour government Secretary of State for the North, Shaun Woodward, went on media outlets to rubbish the claims as "nonsense".
Woodward no longer holds his position following Labour's defeat in the recent British general election, and the only "nonsense" about the claims are his denials of them.
Sunday, 25 July, 2010
It has now emerged that the chief "evidence" to be used against Gerry McGeough in his trial under the discredited Diplock Court system is comprised of alleged Political Asylum application papers from Sweden.
The British claim that Gerry sought Political Asylum in Sweden in the 1980s and that they have now obtained his application files, which are normally subjected to a 50-year confidentiality protection clause under Swedish law.
In their obsessive need to prosecute and imprison this Irishman, the British are prepared to turn international political asylum refugee laws on their head. The move has widespread implications for the entire concept of political asylum and has now become a major Human Rights issue.
A central figure in this outrage is Swedish Civil Servant Helen Hedebris. Believed to be fanatically pro-British, this individual has been working in close collaboration with the RUC/PSNI over the years and is set to be the chief prosecution witness against Gerry when the Diplock trial resumes in Belfast on September 7th.
It is not clear that the Swedish Authorities were even aware of the fact that Helen Hedebris was working in such close collusion with British agents and supplying them with confidential Swedish government documents.
Please contact the Swedish Prime Minister's Office in the action item below, and demand that the Swedish government intervene in this matter. Express outrage at the fact that confidential political asylum application papers are to be used as "evidence" in
the discredited Diplock Court system in the North of Ireland. This action is a stain on Sweden's otherwise excellent record in the area of international Human Rights. Sweden must demand the immediate return of these documents.
Express disgust also that Swedish Civil Servant Helen Hedebris is to be the chief witness against Gerry McGeough when his politically motivated trial resumes in September.
July 24, 2010
Gerry's Dipolock Court trial is set to resume on September 7th. He is charged
with membership of the IRA in 1975 and wounding a part-time British soldier in
1981 during the height of the Hunger-Strikes.
First arrested on these charges in 2007 outside an election count center after
he had stood as a candidate in the Assembly elections of that year, Gerry was
put on trial exactly three years later, on March 8th this year. The trial was
suspended after two days while an "abuse of process" application was heard.
Despite ample proof that Gerry McGeough was being discriminated against while
other republicans from the era in similar situations had been given pardons, the
judge, hiding behind British secrecy laws, has ruled that the Emergency Court
trial can go ahead.
Gerry's Spanish wife and their four young children, whose ages range from 9 to
one-year-old, have been deeply traumatized by the persecution the family has
been subjected to and are dreading the prospects of their father, who suffered a
serious heart-attack last year, being imprisoned by Christmas.
The Sinn Féin party leadership, many of whom were IRA leaders during the 1970s
and 80s, and who now administer British rule in the North of Ireland, continue
to ignore the situation.
Since the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement no members of the British
forces have been charged, let alone put on trial or imprisoned, for the killing
of innocent Irish Catholic civilians during the "Troubles".
July 9, 2010
There are a lot of sinister goings-on taking place in regard to Gerry's case at
the moment. However, true to form, the British Diplock court system has imposed
a media ban on reporting and Human Rights lawyers have been physically excluded
Gerry's supporters are watching developments. In the meantime, the British are
using the upcoming Summer break to push things further into the background.
At a time of staggering financial cuts by the British Exchequer, the Diplock
Court system is spending an absolute fortune in trying to insure that Gerry
McGeough is imprisoned for being an alleged member of the IRA in 1975 and other
Trouble's related issues. One has to question - why is this?
You can download or listen to Gerry's latest interview on WBAI's Radio Free Eireann, by using this link and scrolling down to Saturday July 3 2010 1:00pm: http://archive.wbai.org/
June 25, 2010
Gerry's lawyers have described as "worrying" the attitude of the judge who is to
rule on his Abuse of Process application.
After weeks of inactivity, Gerry was notified by phone on Thursday night, June
24th, that he had to be in court in Belfast the following morning. As a
consequence, he was unable to attend his childrens' school sports day along with
all the other parents.
In court, the judge appeared to agree with the Northern Ireland Office (NIO)
that disclosure of material relating to amnesty cases was irrelevant in this
instance. The Defense was not permitted to know what the NIO had allowed the
judge to read that resulted in this conclusion.
A written report is due next week.
It now appears that the Diplock trial, which was suspended on March 10th, will
resume in September, and the British are confident that they will have Gerry in
jail by Christmas.
The high-level political importance being attached to this case was underscored
by the fact that after the hearing one of the prosecution team, a "Castle
Catholic", was overheard updating a British Intelligence spook on
Sinn Féin still refuses to speak out on the issue.
June 21, 2010
As the Diplock court system approaches its Summer recess, there is still no indication of any movement in Gerry's case. Unless there is some development this week, it is unlikely that any consideration will be made before September, by which time three-and-a-half-years will have elapsed since Gerry's arrest on 35-year-old charges.
June 13, 2010
Today, Gerry received a slew of e-mails that were sent over the years and have
only NOW just reached him!
The e-mails from a variety of people around the world included one that was sent
in 2004! It was a very mixed bag, some were of a political nature, others
work-related and some simply messages to the family. The number runs into dozens
and a few required urgent responses at the time.
Gerry has always said that his correspondence was being tampered with, but
believed that this was largely confined to the period after his arrest in 2007.
Today's revelation, however, shows that this harrassment/monitoring has been
going on for much longer (a large proportion of the e-mails are from the years
2004-2006), and makes a mockery of the British government's claim that they
could only arrest him at the election count center because they did not know
where he was prior to that.
June 9, 2010
There has still been no movement in Gerry's case and he has received no
indication as to when he is next due back in court.
At the end of this month the Diplock court system effectively shuts down for the
summer, which means that it could be September before this case based on
35-year-old charges will be up for consideration again.
Meantime, Gerry remains restricted by bail conditions imposed following his
arrest in March, 2007.
Sinn Féin refuses to speak out against any of this injustice. This is in stark
contrast to the party's hysterical reaction a couple of weeks ago when it
threatened to pull out of Policing Board arrangements, thereby collapsing the
entire system, because a brother of one of its members was refused a British
government job. Ireland of the equals. Indee
Tuesday June 1, 2010
Now that the Saville Inquiry report on the 1972 Derry Bloody Sunday massacre is
due to be released in a couple of weeks, there is speculation that the British
intend to use the time factor to avoid court proceedings.
This comes as lawyers for the families of some of the thirteen civilians killed
on the day are demanding that soldiers involved in the killings face
In such a senario it's expected that the British government will argue that 1972
is a long time ago and that to bring charges would involve a serious abuse of
There were no such considerations involved In Britain's pursuit of Gerry
McGeough who faces charges of IRA membership in 1975, also a long time ago, and was dragged before a Diplock court this very year on this and other Troubles
Where exactly is the much vaunted new era equality in this case? British justice
Monday May 24, 2010
More than ten days after his last scheduled court appearance was canceled, Gerry has still received no indication as to when his case is next up.
It is now well over three years since he was arrested as a political candidate outside a count center on charges going back 35 years. The notorious Diplock-system trial that began on March 8th has been in suspension since March 10th and no-one seems to have a clue as to when proceedings will resume, if at all?
Meantime Gerry must live his life in a legal limbo. His passport remains confiscated, he cannot travel to the neighboring county of Monaghan, just a few miles from his home, without permission from the RUC/PSNI and he cannot resume his teaching career and livelihood while these "Troubles" related charges from decades ago continue to hang over him.
No other legal system in the Western world would tolerate this nonsense for a moment, and anywhere else this charade would have been thrown out of court years ago. This, however, is the North of Ireland where British "justice", or what passes for justice, prevails and under the Diplock system anything goes.
Meantime, Sinn Féin, the party that could bring an end to this nightmare in a matter of days still refuses to speak out in protest. Why is this party, with all its power, wealth and privilege, so reluctant to speak out against the gross injustices being perpetrated against a fellow republican?
Friday May 14, 2010
Gerry was due to appear in court in Belfast today. However, just moments before
he left home for the 50 mile drive, he received a phonecall to say that
the court officers had made a "mistake" and overbooked the day's schedule.
Although, Gerry's appearance was arranged a month ago, this "mistake" means that
there is yet another delay in the proceedings of this more than three year long
saga on charges going back 35 years.
Observers believe that one of the goals of the British-Unionist-Sinn Féin axis
in this case is to keep Gerry McGeough tied down in this "legal" quagmire for as
long as possible in order to keep him politically inactive.
Friday May 7, 2010
Now that the Westminster elections are over, Gerry McGeough has said that he is
relieved that none of the Six-County nationalist/republican candidates were
arrested at any of the count centers following the poll.
Friday April 30, 2010
Almost a week after the incident, Gerry is still being openly congratulated by
people who are delighted with the way in which he dealt with Sinn Féin president
Gerry Adams during an encounter in South Tyrone last Sunday.
The widely publicized clash occurred when Gerry and some of his children were
leaving St Patrick's church in Eglish following 10am Mass on April 25th.
As the congregation emerged from the rural chapel they found their way blocked
by a cordon of Sinn Féin election workers canvassing on behalf of the party's
out-going Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew.
People were forced to move sideways out the gate because of the SF barrier,
which included Gildernew and Adams.
Upon seeing Gerry McGeough, Adams was seen to almost flinch and held back from
handing out his flyer. Gerry McGeough availed of the unique opportunity to raise
a few issues with the SF president.
In a loud and clear voice he demanded to know why Adams was not speaking out
against the use of Diplock Courts in 2010 for decades-old Troubles related
A visibly shaken Adams told Gerry to go away, but the Tyrone man refused to
budge and persisted with the questioning. The encounter lasted several minutes
and was witnessed by scores of people.
Members of Adams' entourage hurled abuse and invective at Gerry throughout the
confrontation, but the latter refused to be distracted and continued to focus on
Adams, describing him as disgrace for calling on people to become informers
while refusing to speak out over the injustices being perpetrated against the
At one point, an Adams bodyguard tried to intervene but quickly backed off when
Gerry McGeough warned him not to patronize him.
Eventually, Adams retreated and McGeough calmly walked away. The dispirited Sinn
Féin crew were then obliged to pack up and leave Eglish.
Within moments of returning home, Gerry was inundated with messages of support
from neighbors and fellow parishoners telephoning or calling by to congratulate
him on his handling of the situation.
Meanwhile, reports of the incident spread like wildfire across East Tyrone and
the neighboring counties of Armagh, Derry, Monaghan and Down. Shortly
afterwards, the media began phoning and the story was suddenly well and truly
Saturday April 24, 2010
Once again Gerry's lawyers have been put in the position whereby they have to
lodge a protest with the British over the childish antics of their so-called
The most recent stunt has involved the tiresome old trick of live wire tapping.
This entails loud clicking on the telephone during conversations indicating that
members of British Intelligence are at that very moment tuned into the
conversation as opposed to the regular electronic recording of discussions.
As it is no state secret (indeed) that Gerry's phone is under constant
surveillance, the only purpose behind live wire tapping is that of petty
The well paid functionaries within the British Intelligence system clearly have
a lot of time on their hands.
April 20, 2010
Following a number of hearings at the High Court in Belfast, Gerry's trial has
now been adjourned until after May 14th.
The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has been given until that date to produce
material that it has prior denied existed.
The delay is significant in that it means that there will be no media coverage
of Gerry's case until after the May 6th British General Election.
Given the volcano of information pertaining to secret deals and backroom
arrangements that is now beginning to emerge because of the trial, both Sinn
Féin and the British government are eager to have the matter kept quiet during
the campaigns for election.
This de facto censorship has been the hallmark of the entire proceedings against
Gerry McGeough since his arrest at a polling station during the 2007 elections
in which he stood as a political candidate.
Were the material that is now becoming available be made public prior to the
election, Sinn Féin would find itself struggling for votes in several areas.
This collusion at the highest levels once again underscores the totally
political nature of the proceedings against Gerry.
April 13, 2010
After an adjournment period of almost a month, a fresh set of hearings relating
to Gerry's case is about to start in a few days.
Already, it is becoming apparent that the British are trying to stonewall and avoid disclosure of information.
It has also become apparent that a policy of not prosecuting people for pre-1998
Troubles related incidents had been agreed between the Northern Ireland Office
(NIO), the Prosecution Service and the PSNI/RUC. This policy was implemented for
about a decade up until Gerry's arrest.
Clearly, the British obsession for revenge against Gerry has turned that policy
on its head.
Meanwhile, Sinn Féin is in full canvassing mode for the British General
Election. The party is campaigning on the basis that it has achieved equality
for nationalists in the North of Ireland and that the days of discrimination are
Sinn Féin still refuses to utter a word of protest against the use of Diplock
Courts or make any mention of the nightmare that the British State in Ireland
has put Gerry and his family through over the past three years.
Sinn Féin boasts of retaining its five Westminster seats and even increasing on
that number in the May 6th poll.
April 2, 2010
On the twelfth anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, the
Belfast Telegraph newspaper has confirmed Gerry McGeough's claim that Royal
Pardons were issued to select "On-the-run" republican activists.
In a front page report, today's Belfast Telegraph has provided incontovertible
evidence that the British government gave special amnesty status to wanted IRA
personnel in 2000. The paper has revealed a copy of one such parchment, bearing
the English queen's royal crest, granting a pardon to an on-the-run IRA man.
This comes just weeks after Shaun Woodward, the British government Secretary of
State for the North of Ireland, publicly denounced Gerry's claims as "nonsense".
The development proves that Gerry has been discriminated against for purely
political reasons and that there is a determined effort to railroad him into
prison at the highest political level.
March 27, 2010
Gerry McGeough was interviewed on Radio Free Eireann on Saturday 3/27.
You can download or listen to the show by going here and scrolling down to Saturday March 27, 2010 1:00pm: http://archive.wbai.org/
March 24, 2010
In a startling new development, a senior loyalist has confirmed that the British
government agreed to a de facto amnesty deal covering all military actions
carried out during the Troubles.
Speaking to the Belfast based Irish News, Progressive Unionist Party spokesman
William Smith stated that the then British Secretary of State for the North, Mo
Mowlam, "gave assurances in 1998 that no-one would be prosecuted for offences
committed before the signing of the Good Friday Agreement".
He went on to say that "no loyalist, republican or member of the security forces
would be pursued for previous offences".
In light of this latest revelation, Gerry's lawyers have confirmed that they
intend to call Mr. Smith as a witness in his trial. "Our case is that the
(British) government gave assurances to loyalists and republicans that it would
not seek prosecutions in relation to pre-1998 offences", one of them said.
"Mr. Smith was one of the people given these government assurances and we
believe that his testimony will prove that the case against (Gerry McGeough)
breaks that agreement and is politically motivated", he continued.
Initial responses from the British government indicated that they intend to
proceed with their vindictive vendetta against Gerry and continue with the
Diplock court political show-trial in order to railroad this uncompromising
Irish Patriot into prison as quickly as possible.
Sinn Féin still refuses to speak out on the issue.
March 21, 2010
PEOPLE NEED TO CALL:
Ms. Jeanette Lindtzer - Embassy of Sweden - Washington
She is the direct contact to the Swedish Ambassador's secretary in Washington, D.C.
One person's call to Mrs. Lindtzer:
"I... offered that the entire Swedish diplomatic community should be aware of the underhanded schemes of the British. I then reminded her that the world has always viewed Sweden as a champion of human rights and of the fallout that will occur in the event the British government and its prosecutors are successful using Gerry's asylum papers as evidence against him in Diplock. I impressed on her that this is not a matter of Irish Republicanism but rather a matter in which underhanded British operatives are subverting laws of the Swedish Government and, therefore, denigrating every Swedish citizen."
ALSO CONTACT SWEDISH EMBASSY IN LONDON AND IRELAND:
Swedish Embassy - London
11 Montagu Place
London W1H 2AL
Tel: 020 7917 6400
Fax: 020 7724 4174
Embassy of Sweden - Dublin
Embassy of Sweden
3rd fl, Block E
Dublin 2 Ireland
Tel:+353-1-474 44 00
Fax:+353-1-474 44 50
Please use this as a sample email request to the Embassies:
I am extremely concerned about the use of political asylum application papers as "evidence" in the trial/case of Gerry McGeough in the already discredited Diplock Special Emergency Court system in northern Ireland. I am requesting that the Embassy of Sweden demand the removal of these papers from the prosecution's file and that they be returned to Sweden immediately. The human rights abuses implicit in this action are staggering in their proportion if your Embassy allows this asylum application to remain in the hands of the Diplock Court.
March 19, 2010
There has been yet another incredible twist in the saga of Gerry's trial. Amid
deepening intrigue, the presiding judge in the Belfast Diplock Court today
halted the proceedings until April 19th.
The move comes in order to allow the NIO time to present documentation that has
been requested of it by a seperate court order. The NIO has until April 16th to
Some observers have wondered at why so much time is required to retrieve data
that must be relatively readily available. This has given rise to speculation
that the British government is trying to undermine the growing momentum of
support for Gerry. A break of this length is also being seen as an attempt to
diffuse the anger of people who are increasingly outraged that this trial has
been allowed to start in the first place.
Meanwhile, more and more voices are being raised in disgust at Sinn Féin's total
silence on the issue.
March 18, 2010
On St Patrick's Day Gerry marched in Kilrea, Co. Derry with his local Brantry
Division 207 of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Thousands attended the traditional demonstration and all along the route people
shook his hand and called out messages of support. At one point, a section of
the massive crowd burst into spontaneous applause when the Brantry Division
Earlier, individual Hibernians from across Ireland expressed their solidarity
and support for Gerry and his family and spoke of their disgust at what was
being done to them.
March 16, 2010
At a special hearing in Belfast today, the NIO was given four weeks in which to
present documentation that has been requested of it.
March 17, 2010
Lá 'le Phadraig! Gerry and his family wish everyone a very Happy St. Patrick's
URGENT PROTEST - PLEASE CALL & EMAIL THE SWEDISH EMBASSY TODAY
Embassy of Sweden, Washington
2900 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
Email Embassy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use this as a sample email request to the Embassy
I am extremely concerned about the use of political asylum application papers as "evidence" in the trial/case of Gerry McGeough in the already discredited Diplock Special Emergency Court system in northern Ireland. I am requesting that the Embassy of Sweden demand the removal of these papers from the prosecution's file and that they be returned to Sweden immediately. The human rights abuses implicit in this action are staggering in their proportion if your Embassy allows this asylum application to remain in the hands of the Diplock Court.
READ BELOW AND ACT ON THIS IMMEDIATELY
March 15, 2010
Although a state of utter confusion now surrounds Gerry's trial and there is a
growing realization that it never should have been allowed to start under these
circumstances, certain facts have nevertheless emerged during the process.
It is now obvious to observers that, despite all the hype, the crown prosecution
has not produced a shred of meaningful evidence against Gerry McGeough.
That being the situation, the prosecution has now decided to switch the emphasis
of its case to Political Asylum application papers, which they contend belong to
Gerry---claiming that he sought Political Asylum in Sweden in 1983 and that
these papers were the basis of his application.
Incredibly, the British are prepared to turn international law, human rights
charters and UN refugee policies downsideup in order to railroad Gerry McGeough
Aside from the fact that Swedish protocol dictates that political asylum papers
are guaranteed secrecy for 50 years under confidentiality clauses, it has
already been established that the chain of custody regarding this particular
file was broken long ago.
According to Swedish sources, it has emerged that the file being attributed to
Gerry was in the possession of the British in London for the best part of a
decade during the 1990s, during this time British Intelligence services were
free to tamper with it as they pleased. It was then returned to Sweden before
being moved again following Gerry's arrest in 2007.
There is now a strong suspicion in some quarters that pro-British operatives
within the Swedish system colaborated in the transfer of these papers to the
Diplock Court in Belfast where they have been allowed to become the central
evidence against Gerry.
The human rights abuses implicit in this action are staggering in their
proportion. From now on, if a refugee turned up in Sweden fleeing from
persecution in North Korea, for example, that person could eventually find
themselves back before a court in N. Korea with their political refugee
application being used as "evidence" against them by the very people they were
fleeing from in the first place. That's how serious a matter this is.
Gerry's supporters are calling on people to contact their local Swedish Embassy
and lodge a strong protest against the use of political asylum application
papers as "evidence" in the already discredited Diplock Special Emergency Court
system. They should also request that the Swedes demand the removal of these
papers from the prosecution's file and that they be returned to Sweden
March 13, 2010
Gerry has shared a small family experience which people are describing as
"heartbreaking". Apparently, his 7-year-old son got up at 6.30 one morning
during the week just as his father was getting ready to leave for the court in
Belfast, some fifty miles away.
In a serious and studied manner the child explained that he had come up with an
idea. He said that he was going to dig a hole in one of the fields and put
planks over it so that it could be used as a den where "Daddy could hide". That
way they wouldn't be able to put him in jail.
The real victims in this sadistic saga are the young children whose lives have
been plunged into turmoil because of what the British forces in Ireland are
doing to their father.
Meanwhile Sinn Féin leaders are excitedly packing their bags this weekend as
they prepare to fly off to the United States for the St.Patrick's Day
celebrations. There they will be wined and dined while they tell audiences that
things have improved in the North of Ireland and that the "Nationalist nightmare
One of Sinn Féin's party slogans is "cherish the children of the Nation
equally". Clearly, this does not apply to Gerry McGeough's children, given that
not one single Sinn Féin leader has uttered a sound of protest about the outrage
that is being perpetrated upon Gerry and his family by the British state in
March 12 - 5th day of trial.
In what appears to be yet another "first" in the Diplock Court history, Gerry's
trial has now been adjourned until Monday, March 22nd. The interruption of a
trial of this nature is regarded as being highly unorthodox.
The move comes in the wake of a hectic day, during which a High Court Order was
issued demanding that the NIO release documentation crucial to the Defense case.
The NIO has until Tuesday next to hand over this material, which they have so
far refused to do. Journalists are watching events with a keen interest, amid
speculation that the NIO may attempt to invoke special legislation in order to
prevent the release of information that is being described as "highly
March 11, 4th day of trial
Gerry's trial has been halted. This latest move has come about as a consequence
of his legal team arguing that they cannot put up a proper defense until they
have full disclosure of all relevant material.
The Diplock Trial has been stopped while his lawyers attempt to get a court
order forcing the Northern Ireland Office to release vital material which is
crucial to the defense arguement. To date the NIO has refused to even
acknowledge the existence of this information. Now, it is hoped that they will
be forced to release it. This latest dramatic development begs the question as
to why the trial was allowed to begin and proceed in the first place given the
absence of documentation central to the defense case.
Human Rights lawyers have been made aware of the development and will be present
at the hearing seeking full and unrestricted disclosure.
March 10, 3rd day of trial
There has been a significant development in the on-going saga of Gerry's trial.
Two major Human Rights groups have given notice to the Diplock Court that they
are sending in their own lawyers as observers to monitor the proceedings.
Gerry has welcomed the move by the Commission for the Administration of Justice
(CAJ) and British Irish Rights Watch (BIRW). A lawyer from the CAJ was in court
today and this presence is set to continue.
March 9, 2nd Day of Trial
Gerry has completed a second grueling day in the Diplock Court. He compares the
experience to being held captive in an Orange Lodge, such is the general
anti-Catholic, anti-Irish atmosphere of the place.
To date, much of the "evidence" has consisted of reading the statements of dead
people into the record. Under the Diplock system's "Hearsay Laws", the
statements of witnesses who have in this case died of old age decades ago may be
accepted as evidence. Needless to say, cross-examining these people presents
something of a challenge. British Justice at it's finest.
March 8, 2010 - 1st Day of Trial
Opening statements and then the rest of the day was focused on Vincent McAnaspie.
Watch for the Gerry McGeough ad in the March 8th edition of the Irish Echo
March 7, 2010
In a sensational front page story the Dublin-based Sunday Tribune newspaper has
exposed a secret deal between the British government and Sinn Féin over the
granting of "Royal Pardons" to dozens of "on-the-run" IRA members, due solely to
their loyalty to the Sinn Féin leadership.
The news broke just a day ahead of Gerry's scheduled appearance before a Diplock
Court in Belfast on a series of Troubles related charges, some dating back 35
According to the report there exists a list of 216 on-the-runs. Gerry's name is
among them, but only 47 have been granted this special treatment. Several of
these were wanted for killings and bombings carried out during the Troubles, but
have now been given assurances that no charges will be brought against them.
The news comes amid growing anger among nationalists in the East Tyrone area at
the discrimination involved in Gerry's case and the complete indifference of the
Sinn Féin leadership towards his family's plight.
The British government has operated a secret scheme granting royal pardons or immunity from prosecution to hand-picked ex-IRA members wanted for killings, bombings and other paramilitary activities, it has been claimed.
Of 216 'on the runs', 47 have been told they are free to return to the North with no ...
Ex-IRA gun-runner and former Sinn Féin ard comhairle member, Gerry McGeough, goes on trial in Belfast tomorrow charged with IRA membership in 1975 and the attempted murder of a UDR man in 1981.
In a bizarre case, McGeough will become the first republican on trial for historical ...
Woodward denies IRA 'on the runs' given pardons (BBC News)
Tyrone republican Gerry McGeough told the Sunday Tribune 47 of the 216 fugitives were told they could return. Mr McGeough, who is to stand trial for IRA ...
March 6, 2010
Gerry McGeough was a guest (by phone) on Radio Free Eireann 99.5 FM on Saturday 3/6
Click to listen to the interview with Gerry
You can listen to the entire show (Saturday March 6, 2010 1:00pm
) at: http://archive.wbai.org/
March 3, 2010
A judge has now been selected to preside at Gerry's trial. He is Ben Stevens, an
Englishman who is renowned as a pro-crown judge. Once again, the cards have been
heavily stacked against Gerry. Not only is he being denied a Jury Trial but has
also to contend with a single judge within the notorious Diplock system who is
known to be extremely partial towards the prosecution.
Gerry's lawyers, meanwhile, have conceded that the entire case is being driven
with a vindictiveness that is "beyond persecution".
February 19, 2010
The case against Gerry has degenerated into further farce with the announcement
by the Prosecution that one of Gerry's books is to be used as evidence against
Defense lawyers have been told that the novel "Defenders", published in 1998, is
now to be factored in to the Prosecution's argument. The highly acclaimed novel
set in Tyrone during the Troubles centers around the life of a rural Irish
community struggling against the excesses of the British forces of
occupation-army, police and intelligence services.
As the proud author of the book, Gerry is entitled to be called as an expert
witness in his own trial in order to explain to the English crown prosecution
that a novel is actually a work of fiction.
Meanwhile the trial, which is now scheduled to begin on March 8th, will see dozens of witnesses called from several countries take the stand. This is
guaranteed to make it one of the most expensive trials in the entire history of
the Diplock Court system.
January 19, 2010
In the latest desperate attempt to fabricate evidence against Gerry, the English crown prosecution has informed his legal team that they intend to use the BBC television programme Panorama as part of their case.
Specifically, the prosecution plans to focus on the 1997 series "Provos" by Peter Taylor (screened as "Behind the Mask" in the U.S.).
Although leading members of Sinn Féin also appeared on the programme, there is no indication that any of them are to face charges or prosecution for having
This new bizarre move is being seen in some quarters as yet another attempt to censor the views of Irishmen who speak out against the British presence in their country. To do so could involve Diplock court proceedings years into the future.
January 10, 2010
Gerry would like to wish all his supporters a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year and to thank all of you for your continued support.
As of this posting, Gerry's trial date has been moved to March 10, 2010. Unfortunately Gerry is not in good health and has been under the doctor's care for some time now. It will be three years this coming March since Gerry's arrest, and to date no concrete evidence to sustain the charges brought against him by the RUC/Crown has been forthcoming. Gerry has not been able to work in close to three years, and he cannot leave the north to visit friends or family, to seek work, or to just go about his daily life.
Everyone who believes in justice and the right to a speedy trial should be outraged that Gerry has been denied both over the past 3 years. The fact that the Crown and the northern Ireland judicial system has allowed this injustice to continue only goes to prove that the RUC and the diplock courts have not changed their corrupt policy when it comes to Irish Republicans.