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Bail decision shows double standards

Published 30/08/2016

The revelation that Damien McLaughlin, who is on charges in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black, had his bail conditions relaxed in order to go for a spa break further undermines the already shaken confidence of the unionist community in the justice system.

It beggars belief that someone charged with such serious offences could be treated so lightly.

This comes hot on the heels of the case of Conal Corbett, who got a suspended sentence for his part in a New IRA bomb plot.

The contrast with the harsh treatment of flag protesters a few years ago could not be greater.

It is time for an end to double standards and for the courts to treat alleged terrorist offences with the seriousness they deserve.

CLLR JOLENE BUNTING (TUV)

Belfast City Council

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