Human rights court throws out Colin Duffy challenge

High-profile dissident republican Colin Duffy from Lurgan
High-profile dissident republican Colin Duffy from Lurgan

European judges have rejected a claim from a prominent republican that his detention under UK terror laws breached his human rights.

Colin Duffy was held for 12 days after he was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of two soldiers in 2009.

He was one of three people to complain to the European Court of Human Rights that their detention under the UK’s Terrorism Act was incompatible with rules governing lawful arrest and detention under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Their claims relied on an article covering the right to liberty and security, specifically the entitlement to trial within a reasonable time or release pending trial.

In a ruling today, judges at the Strasbourg court ruled that Duffy’s application was inadmissible.

Mr Duffy, who was later acquitted of all charges, was joined in the legal action by Gabriel Magee and Teresa Magee, who were arrested in 2009 in connection with the killing of a police officer.

Mr Magee and Ms Magee were also held for 12 days before being released. No charges were brought against them.

Their complaint was brought under the same section of the Convention as Mr Duffy, as well as another part of the same article which covers the right to be informed of the reasons for arrest.

Both claims were rejected, with judges saying there had been no violation in their case.

Duffy, of Lurgan, Co Armagh, was acquitted in 2012 of all charges connected to the deaths of two soldiers at Massereene Army barracks in Antrim in 2009.