Statement – Republican Prisoner singled out for forced strip search – 20/09/15
While returning from a legal visit on Friday 18th September, a number of Republican Prisoners arrived at the search box area which is controlled by the Jail Riot Squad. One Republican Prisoner, who is soon to be released, was actively signalled out for humiliation. Despite having undertaken the standard search procedure, which includes a further rub down search and a metal detector wand search, he was thereafter ordered to sit repeatedly on the boss scanning chair and told to hold his arms in the air by an individual who claimed he was not properly sitting on the chair.
Once the Republican Prisoner made in clear that he was sitting the same way he has sat on the boss chair for the previous 5 years without an issue and therefore would not willingly participate in his own humiliation. Security Governor, Brian Armour and 8 other members of the Jail Riot Squad arrived. The Roe 4 Republican Prisoner stated that he would sit on the boss chair for a third time provided the procedure was recorded on video for the benefit of the Prison Ombudsman and despite having no indication from the boss chair this was flatly refused by notorious Security Governor Brian Armour.
Regardless of there being absolutely no indication from the boss chair the Republican Prisoner in question was taken from the search box and isolated in a cell before being degradingly forcibly strip searched. He has also since, been ridiculously charged under archaic prison rules with “offending good order.”
This was a clearly contrived incident in a long line of such instances involving petty restrictions and belligerent behaviour against Republican Prisoners. These actions are designed to provoke actions and fuel conflict which are then followed by allegations of threatening behaviour against staff to retrospectively justify and give cover to malign and bigoted Jail Staff. Such falsified threats are subsequently used as a pretext for impeding progress, by Security Governors in particular, who then have the audacity to claim that Republican Prisoners are orchestrating intimidation.
Attempts to cover up all such actions of this nature have been clearly articulated by Roe 4 Republican Prisoners for all to see including new Number One Governor Phil Wragg, the Prisoner Ombudsman, Human Right Organisations, Prison Oversight bodies, Church Leaders, Politicians and Legal Representatives. Roe 4 Republican Prisoners have nothing to fear from the facts being publicised. No one can question the bona fides of Republican Prisoners in attempting to create a Conflict Free Environment. The same cannot be said of those who administer Maghaberry Jail and the securocrats that direct them. Turning a blind eye to such wrong doing only emboldens those central to it.
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