Adams seeks DPP U-turn

A WEST Belfast republican will today seek a judicial review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute the RUC officers accused of beating him up. Solicitors acting on behalf of David Adams plan to lodge their application for the review at Belfast’s high court. Mr Adams was awarded £30,000 damages last year after taking a civil action against the police. The 40-year-old was arrested moments before a planned IRA murder attempt on a senior RUC officer in east Belfast in 1994. He was later sentenced to 25 years for conspiracy to murder. However, he claimed that while in Castlereagh holding centre, officers took turns to run at him, using martial arts type kicks to break his leg. Mr Adams, a cousin of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, spent three weeks in hospital being treated for his injuries, which also included two fractured ribs, a punctured lung and multiple cuts to his face, chest and body. The high court found in favour of Mr Adams during proceedings in February 1998, awarding the highest payment of exemplary damages ever against the RUC. Despite this, the Director of Public Prosecutions decided in August this year not to recommend prosecutions following a criminal investigation of the case. Last night the solicitor representing Mr Adams explained that the application for a judicial review was not only based on the DPP’s decision in August. “It is also to question the decision in September when the DPP failed to provide adequate and intelligible reasons,” said Eamon McMenamin of Madden and Finucane. “The evidence available is manifestly sufficient to warrant the prosecution of police officers. “The DPP misdirected himself in law. He failed to take into account the full range of offences for which the officers could be prosecuted.” He said the DPP had failed to “bring to justice police officers who had infringed the human rights of suspects and breached the minimum standards of conduct for law enforcement officers.” Mr McMenamin read from his client’s affidavit, which said: “If the same evidence were available in a similar case where the alleged offenders were members of the public as opposed to police officers I cannot believe that the director would fail to prosecute.” An application has been lodged by human rights groups such as the Committee on the Administration of Justice, Amnesty International and British Irish Rights Watch. It is believed the case will be heard in two weeks.