The prosecution’s two key witnesses were totally discredited by the weight of evidence, which included video evidence, offered by the defence. The fact that there are over 60 affidavits on behalf of the defendants as well as strong rebuttal of the so-called forensic evidence against them shows that this trial was a sham and a gross abuse of any semblance of justice from the very beginning.
Nothing that was provided to the media and published without question in the aftermath of men’s arrest in terms of so-called evidence like the satellite photos, the forensic traces nor the eye-witness statements have stood up to any sort of cross examination. All have been rubbished.
While we are confident that these men will eventually be found innocent, we are very concerned that the trial has once again been halted. It is now not due to reconvene until June. We are also concerned that other key witnesses for the defence were not called to give their evidence.
The Government has a duty to intervene with the Colombian authorities on behalf of these three Irishmen and to secure their immediate release and safe return to Ireland.
Cllr Cathal Foley,Cllr Risteard Ó Fuarain,Cllr Anthony Curtin,
Kerry Sinn Féin,