Arrest of John Downey “out of order” – Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin TD for Donegal Pearse Doherty has said that yesterday’s arrest of John Downey was “out of order” and that a previous judgement that Mr Downey was not wanted in relation to any offences, must be respected.
Speaking from the High Court in Dublin where Mr Downey is due to appear this afternoon, Teachta Doherty said:
“It is matter of public record that the British government has previously said that Mr Downey was not wanted in connection with any offences.
“That assertion was tested in the courts and he was subsequently released. That judgement should be respected by the British authorities.
“The issuing of an extradition warrant by the British authorities is wrong and follows a campaign to introduce an amnesty for British soldiers at a time when the spotlight is on them for their actions.
“John Downey has been a supporter of the peace process over many years. Yesterday he was at home with his family and he could have been contacted at any time.”