Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Ex-hunger striker seeks damages

A former IRA hunger striker is to seek damages for a police stop and search operation which allegedly breached his human rights, it has emerged.

Bernard Fox has brought a legal challenge over being detained with a female companion near Camlough, south Armagh earlier this year.

His application for judicial review is being heard along with separate proceedings taken by a Londonderry man acquitted of kidnapping and shooting a businessman.

Marvin Canning is also contesting the compatibility of powers used to stop and search him with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Both cases are being heard by Mr Justice Treacy at the High Court in Belfast.

Fox, from Belfast, took part in the 1981 IRA hunger strikes in the Maze Prison. He served more than 20 years before being released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

It was claimed police stopped the car he was travelling in with Christine McNulty in March. Both of them and the vehicle were searched. But his lawyers argued that officers had no reasonable suspicion they were in possession of any munitions or wireless apparatus.

The hearing continues.

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