Tag Archives: Disclosure

Gurpal Virdi: ‘On paper, the system is right. In reality, it’s corrupt and unfair’

This piece was originally published by The Justice Gap.   ‘People have to know the truth,’ says Gurpal Virdi, almost three years after a jury found him innocent of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old in the back of a police van. Compiling his diaries and all the court transcripts he could afford, the retired detective sergeant has set down the story of his ordeal in a new book, Behind the Blue Line. Yet, for Virdi, one thing is missing: the real name of his false accuser. ‘In a way, I feel quite aggrieved,’ he tells me. ‘Whilst everything about me has been exposed to the media, the complainant gets away scot free for the rest of their life.’ In March 2013, Wasim Anqkar – the fake name Virdi gives him in the book – came forward with an allegation dating back to 1986, when he had been arrested for possessing a knife. …

Families of three Scottish soldiers murdered during troubles take campaign to parliament

This piece was originally published by The Justice Gap. The Scottish parliament will consider the campaign for ‘truth and justice’ on behalf of the families of soldiers murdered during the Troubles. Conservative MSP Maurice Corry has tabled a motion seeking a debate focusing on the cases of Dougald McCaughey, John McCaig and Joseph McCaig, who were killed by the IRA in March 1971. Their murderers have never been brought to justice. On the night they died, having been befriended in a bar, the three young men were persuaded to share a lift to a party. Later, they were shot in the head at a roadside not far from Belfast. Three children out playing found their bodies the following day. Their injuries were so grave that the men, aged between 17 and 23, were returned home in closed caskets. The coroner told the inquest jury at the time: ‘You may think that …