Tony Taylor not to face charges

Derry republican, Tony Taylor.

Derry republican, Tony Taylor.

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Derry republican, Tony Taylor, is not to face charges from the Public Prosecution Service (P.P.S.) according to solicitor, Aiden Carlin.

The ‘Journal’ understands the P.P.S. has concluded its examination of the file and directed that Mr Taylor would not face prosecution. It’s understood this decision was based on the available evidence not providing a reasonable prospect of conviction.

The 48-year-old was detained by police in Derry on October 17, 2015 and interviewed over two days at Musgrave Street Station about alleged republican activity.

Tony Taylor described the timing of his arrest as deliberate and intended to prevent him leading a protest in Derry city that day against a PSNI recruitment event in St. Columb’s Park House.

“Our client was unconditionally released by detectives last October pending a report to the P.P.S. Having now considered the evidence presented by police, the P.P.S. has concluded that Tony Taylor has no case to answer,” said Mr. Carlin.

“Yet the status quo remains. Our client is still in custody on the instructions of former Secretary of State Theresa Villiers. There is simply no objective evidence that Tony Taylor has breached the conditions of his licence. Hence, no new charges which could have led to a fair trial and the proper testing of evidence by the defence in court.”

Mr Carlin concluded: “Tony Taylor’s recall should be a matter of concern for all those with an interest in human rights as it is internment in all but name.”