Robert Menendez voices strong opposition to IRA Boston College tapes handover
Interviews could run counter to US national interests Menendez claims
‘I don’t know if the PSNI have approached the Department of Justice about the Price tapes and it’s not my place to speak for them. They could have. The DOJ have been in possession of the Price tapes for more than a year. They’ve had them since January 2012. The DOJ will have to answer that question.’
For Dunn and for Boston College the Dolours Price tapes are a settled court matter. ‘The agreement was the tapes would be held in confidence to the extent that American law would allow until the death of the participant. Dolours Price has passed away so it’s really a moot point,’ Dunn said.
Dunn added that the contents of the Price tapes have already been widely reported on in Ireland, where she gave extensive interviews to the Irish media.
‘She referenced the tapes in those interviews and mentioned she drove a get away car and she implicates Gerry Adams in the tapes too. Those things have been disclosed repeatedly. There’s nothing on the Dolours Price tapes that will be a surprise. There’s no reason for the tapes not to be sent to law enforcement because the legal recourse of the United States has been exhausted regarding the Dolours Price tapes.’
On the second set of subpoenas for the remaining tapes the attorneys for Boston College won a favorable ruling where they reduced to just segments eleven interviews with former IRA participants that mentioned the abduction of Jean McConville.
‘The college has until the end of the month to decide whether to accept or appeal that court ruling. We’re in the process of making the determination as to what we will do over the course of the next several weeks,’ Dunn concluded.
Meanwhile Brendan Moore, National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians expressed his concern about the PSNI’s apparent determination to pursue the matter.
‘We really feel that this serves no positive purpose whatsoever,’ Moore told the Voice. ‘It has all the makings of a witch hunt. The only positive thing that I see is that far fewer of the original documents that have been requested by the PSNI have actually been cleared to be given to them.’
The PSNI is more and more being recognized as a discredited operation, Moore continued and prosecution moves like this do it no favors. ‘Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies found the procedures being used by this police service just incredible, contrary to all kinds of guidelines. And now we’re handing over documents that never should have been in their hands and won’t be used for a positive purpose? That could undermine to a great extent so much that has been accomplished by the peace process. It’s entirely regrettable.’
So many people have worked so hard and pulled back from their own hardened positions to accommodate the peace process, Moore added. ‘And here we are watching the PSNI tearing it down? It’s so unfortunate,’ he said.
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