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Belfast Project: Court of Appeal Rejects Rae’s Argument

The Court of Appeal in Belfast has dismissed Winston “Winkie” Rae’s application to quash the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions to seek to obtain Rae’s Belfast Project interview tapes by way of an MLAT request to the United States. While it does not seem the judgment has yet been published, the court has published a summary that explains the main points.
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Belfast Project: The Known Unknowns

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Something is going on in the Belfast Project case. But it’s difficult to say exactly what. As I noted a few days ago, Winston “Winkie” Rae has obtained an injunction in Belfast preventing the Northern Irish authorities from traveling to Boston to obtain a copy of his Belfast Project interview. Friend of Letters Blogatory Chris Bray has obtained a copy of the order (or at least a draft of the order—it’s unsigned). The reference to the “United States Central Authority” and an “International Letter of Request dated the 11th September 2014″ seems to make it clear that the UK has made a second MLAT request to the United States for evidence relating to the Belfast Project. I also understand from correspondence with someone involved in the case that a new subpoena has issued—presumably a subpoena to Boston College pursuant to the new MLAT request.
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Belfast Project: Belfast Court Enjoins the PSNI

There is still some life in the Belfast Project case! The Belfast Telegraph reports that Winston “Winkie” Rae, a former Loyalist prisoner, has obtained an injunction preventing the PSNI from traveling to Boston to collect the taped recording of his Belfast Project interview. The story does not give any details about the legal arguments, so I’m not really sure what his lawyers argued to the court. I am interested, though, to know how Article 7(2) of the MLAT plays into the latest developments. That article provides:
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