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    According to BBC Northern Ireland, "Two men who were sued over the Omagh bomb have been found liable for the 1998 atrocity at their civil retrial. The judge described the evidence against Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly as overwhelming. The action was taken by the victims' families, who have been awarded £1.6m damages.Twenty-nine people, including a woman pregnant with twins, were killed in the Real IRA attack on the County Tyrone town in August 1998. Delivering his summary, Mr Justice Gillen recognised the scale of the terrorist outrage for which no one has ever been convicted".

    I am surprised that there has, as yet, been no comment about this on Politics.ie In fact the silence has been deafening.
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    Murphy, Daly and others have been protected by a code of silence in the border areas.
    Many many people know much more but refuse to co-operate with the Gardaí and the PSNI north and south of the border.
    These scumbags are allowed intimidate ordinary decent people and they strut around confident that they will never go to prison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    Murphy, Daly and others have been protected by a code of silence in the border areas.
    Many many people know much more but refuse to co-operate with the Gardaí and the PSNI north and south of the border.
    These scumbags are allowed intimidate ordinary decent people and they strut around confident that they will never go to prison.
    It's sickening.

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    Seeing as they are unlikely to be able to pay the £1.6 million in damages, what happens there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryhill View Post
    Seeing as they are unlikely to be able to pay the £1.6 million in damages, what happens there?
    Can't the state intervene and force them to pay damages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    Can't the state intervene and force them to pay damages?
    Why don't you head up there and make a start on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    Can't the state intervene and force them to pay damages?
    They probably could, but those guys wouldn't have the money.

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    Look I know it happens all the time. But can anyone explain how come there is evidence to be able to find against them in a civil court but not in a criminal court. Because from where I am standing the law appears, indeed to be an ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derryman View Post
    Look I know it happens all the time. But can anyone explain how come there is evidence to be able to find against them in a civil court but not in a criminal court. Because from where I am standing the law appears, indeed to be an ass.
    The burden of proof is lower.

    Criminal court: Beyond a reasonable doubt.
    Civil court: On the balance of probability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henryhill View Post
    The burden of proof is lower.

    Criminal court: Beyond a reasonable doubt.
    Civil court: On the balance of probability.
    Alright but it seems to me that if there is a question over a guilty verdict in a criminal court that question remains in a civil court. Or viceversa


    I can accept the logic but still feel that it leaves the work of justice looking a little indecisive.

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