United Kingdom: Northern Ireland: the right of silence

This report describes AI’s concerns about the application of the Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 to people arrested under emergency legislation in Northern Ireland. Unlike in other jurisdictions in the UK, people who exercise their right to remain silent during police questioning or during trial risk having inferences of guilt drawn against them under this order. Three cases, those of Dermot Quinn, Kevin Sean Murray and Daniel Morrison, are described to illustrate AI’s concerns about the application of this law.

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