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Government documents from the beginning of ‘The Troubles’ in the North, have been discovered and have set off a court action by individuals who claim to have been imprisoned under the policy of internment and held without trial.

The group of six internees was part of thousands interned in the early 1970s. The group believes their action will become a test case for the other 2,000 people interned during that time and will spark more court cases in the future

The former internees said that the confidential documents confirmed their long-standing belief that the policy was directed against the Catholic community and included indiscriminate arrests, reported the Irish Examiner.

The group is suing Britain’s defense ministry, Secretary of State and police, as well as the estate of former Northern Ireland Prime Minister, the late Brain Faulkner. The group reported that they were wrongfully tortured by British troops and are seeking justice.
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One man gave an account of his wrists being wrapped around in barbed wire and then being hooded and beaten by troops during his captivity.

 Another woman says she was jailed without trial and recounted the distress of having to sign her two children into care during this situation.

Solicitor Padraig O’ Muirigh said his clients were to launch the proceedings on the 40th anniversary of internment, which began on August 9 1971.