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JIM NEESON - STILL ON THE CASE

CASEMENT ACCUSED

 

In 1994, while a Member of the Australian Federal Parliament I visited Belfast and met Jim. Here he traces the route taken by loyalist gunman Michael Stone when he shot dead mourners including Jim's brother, Kevin.

 

During one of his trips to Australia Jim told the following story - this is an edited version - the full text can be found at: http://www.anarki.net/angry/ap7/casement.html

Three IRA volunteers were killed by the British SAS in Gibraltar. When they were brought home to Belfast the British tried to hijack the bodies. That night another IRA man was killed in Belfast and another person was killed by a loyalist. When we buried the Gibraltar three, Michael Stone attacked the funeral with guns and hand grenades killing three people and injuring over 70. One of those killed was my brother Kevin.

I'm the manager of a community taxi service in West Belfast. We've had 7 of our drivers killed by loyalists over the last 10 or 11 years as well as 20 or 30 attacks by loyalists on our taxis and our passengers. Kevin was an IRA man . We didn't know, it's a secret organisation. He was also a taxi man.

.......................Over 200 people were arrested and 41 charged; I was one of those charged.........Yes, It was all on the video evidence. No-one was arrested till a month afterwards. On the night the incident the RUC, went to the media and took all their tapes off them. They were never allowed to get it to make up a video before last year. They used subjudice laws; anything we could show could affect the fairness of the Diplock Courts. That's a laugh in itself, but it prevented some of us mounting a better defence.

 

With Gerry Adams at the Sinn Fein Office on the Falls Road.

I took the photo.

Were people arrested because of their political affiliations?

A fair number of people were picked because they were there. Over 1600 police looked at those tapes. In some cases some of those police identified 10 or 11 or 12 people, These policemen patrol our district on a day to day basis. They become familiar with people and given photographs it's pretty easy for them to identify someone. And that's how the identification process took place, but they had to throw in a few who weren't activists; otherwise it would look too much like a set-up.

A loyalist march we came across during our trip across Belfast. 'Be careful with that camera. Someone might think it's a gun,' Jim had said when I jumped from the car to take this photo.

 

 

 

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