The Gardai are appealing on the anniversary of the death of Baiba Saulite for witnesses to her murder. Yesterday the Sunday World ran with an article on the solicitor who handled Baiba Saulites affairs with regard to custody of her children. This solicitor currently has a contract out against his life. He currently lives under constant armed Garda protection and claims to wear a bullet proof vest.
I heard second hand of radio interviews last week with witnesses in cases taken against powerful Limerick criminals. These people complained that they had been named in the papers after previously being promised anonymity. I know that when I was called to witness in the district court recently I had concerns about having my name and address being read out.
How can the Gardai expect witnesses in the Baiba Saulite trial to come forward when the protections for witnesses are so weak in this country? Are they expected to live under constant Garda protection for the rest of their lives? We can talk about it being the 'right thing to do', but is it really when you are putting your own life and that of your family at risk?
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