WALSH, CHRISTY: BBC online - It’s a Political World online -
16,893. Justice Minister David Ford must reconsider his decision to refuse compensation to a west Belfast man whose conviction for possessing explosives was overturned, the High Court has ruled.
A judge held that a complete review of the evidence was not carried out before Christy Walsh was denied a pay-out.
Mr Walsh, 48, served 14 years in prison for a coffee-jar bomb he was alleged to have been carrying when stopped by soldiers in Lenadoon in 1991.
His conviction was ruled unsafe in March 2010, following an unprecedented third appeal. BBC online article 19th June 2012
16,894. After a twenty one year campaign to prove his innocence, March 2011 Christy Walsh is putting the British legal system on trial in a case to be heard in Court in Belfast. Already proven ‘not guilty’ on his third Appeal in 2011, but deemed ‘not proven innocent’, Christy Walsh refused to accept that slur on his character. At the end of the Appeal, he crossed the Court Room and took a Prosecution file into his possession ...
Christy Walsh, from West Belfast, was arrested 1991 for possession of coffee jar bomb. He had no paramilitary associations and no previous convictions, and was inarguably of good character. Christy was wrongly convicted in a Diplock (no jury) Court in 1992 of possessing explosives (a coffee jar bomb). He was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He served 7 years in Crumlin Road and the Maze. He was released in 1998. He has campaigned for 20 years to clear his name. It’s a Political World online article