Evidence Presented to Gardai: Now They Know!

On Friday 18th March Shannonwatch delivered two full wheelbarrow loads of documentation relating to the misuse of Shannon Airport to the Gardai. The information, which was all related to possible breaches of national and international laws at the airport was delivered after a press conference held in Shannon.

The information presented to the Gardai contained details of 20 aircraft known or suspected to be involved in renditions that have landed at Shannon over the last eight years. While many of these may not now be involved in rendition, the fact that they have not been adequately investigated means it is still possible for them - or other aircraft - to be in breach of international law at Shannon.

At the press conference that preceded the presentation of evidence, Ray Murphy of Amnesty International Ireland said there substantial evidence to suggest that Ireland has played a role in the rendition circuit but that to date the Gardai have been either unwilling or unable to conduct searches and inspections.  “We need an effective reporting, verification and control system put in place immediately. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence must direct the Gardai to act to ensure Ireland complies with its international legal obligations” said Dr. Murphy.

The former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Denis Halliday, who also spoke at the press conference emphasised the humanitarian disasters that are a direct result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Those who were complicit in these wars, including the Irish Government, must be held to account” he said. “It is vital that the new Irish Government prohibits the transit of belligerent U.S. troops through Shannon airport immediately, and focuses Irish foreign policy on genuine humanitarian support for victims of violence and natural disasters."

Shannonwatch are calling on the Gardai to review the evidence presented, and to provide a comprehensive report on the actions that will be taken to ensure Ireland complies with its international legal obligations. If they feel that they cannot for any reason investigate the movement of CIA crews and military goods and personnel through Shannon Airport, they should inform the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence who should immediately ensure they have the necessary powers to act.

Picture shows Michael Youlton of the Irish Anti-War Movement and Denis Halliday, former UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, helping to take the evidence from the Oakwood Arms to Shannon Garda Station.

See also:

- Shannonwatch Press Release

- Irish Times Report


Samples of the Documentation Provided to the Gardai

Overview of Evidence and Supporting Material Presented to Shannon Garda Station

Flight Data relating to Aircraft Landing at Shannon that May be Involved in Human Rights Abuse or War Crimes (2009 and 2010)

 Irish Complicity in CIA Rendition: CIA Plane Movements Through Irish Airports (February 2009)

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