The solicitor for an East Derry Sinn Fein Councillor arrested yesterday as part of a PSNI investigation into paramilitary activity in the Dungiven area in the last four years has told the Journal he feels his client has been treated like a “common criminal.”
Lawyer Patrick McGurk said: “If ever an illustration was needed about the dangers of allowing a piece of legislation like the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2000 to exist, the arrest and detention of my client Tony McCaul is a classic example.
Using this legislation Mr McCaul was taken from his bed at 7.45am yesterday, arrested and detained all day at Antrim Serious Crime Suite.”
Mr McGurk also commented that he felt Mr McCaul’s arrest came about as a result of a “piece of doorstep gossip” that would not stand up to any sort of scrutiny.
He continued: “He was treated like a common criminal by those who have sought his assistance so often over the years in fostering better community relations in the Foreglen, Feeny and Park area.
“He feels absolutely let down and has instructed me to issue legal proceedings against the PSNI for Wrongful Arrest and False Imprisonment. I will be doing so forthwith.”