Oct 222015
 October 22, 2015  Posted by  Court, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Ah. Now we’re seeing prosecutors in other countries dropping cases rather than reveal surveillance methods. RTÉ reports:

The prosecution case against three relatives of a prominent dissident republican collapsed in a Belfast Court today after a controversy about tracking devices used to gather information.


In a statement issued afterwards the Public Prosecution Service said that its case relied on evidence obtained from tracking devices that had been installed in vehicles.

It made a case to the judge that certain information about the devices should not be shared with the defendants but could be shared with an expert engaged by the defence team under a confidentiality agreement.

However, Mr Justice Colton decided that while accepting prosecution submissions about the sensitivity of the information, a fair trial required disclosure to the defendants.

The prosecution was not prepared to make known this information about the tracking devices.

Without this key element, the case collapsed.


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