Supergrasses: A Study in Anti-Terrorist Law Enforcement in Northern Ireland

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In the first half of the 1980s a series of high profile and deeply controversial trials, some larger than any criminal proceedings hitherto seen in Ireland or the UK, took place in Northern Ireland on the evidence of "supergrasses" prepared to betray large numbers of their alleged accomplices in return for various rewards. This major scholarly study, which for the first time discusses supergrass trials in a broad criminological, historical, legal, and comparative context, will make a timely and enduring contribution to debates about security policy and anti-terrorist law enforcement in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

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This book is about the highly controversial use of supergrasses from loyalist and republican paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland during the 1980s. 'Supergrasses' are informers or suspects prepared to testify in court against their alleged ex-confederates in return for rewards such as immunity from prosecution, lenient sentences, and new identities. The trials in Northern Ireland in which they featured were some of the largest ever conducted in the United Kingdom. In this thought-provoking study, Steven Greer analyses these proceedings and traces their origins in the murky world of counter-terrorism and intelligence-gathering. The case for stronger legal safeguards receives particularly strong support from the extensive comparisons with similar processes in other countries. The publication of this book could hardly be more timely; Northern Ireland is once again at the top of the political agenda in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and recent developments have ensured that the Troubles are once again the focus of widespread international attention. The current mood of optimism provides an ideal opportunity for the lessons contained in this book to be properly learned and applied.

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Steven Greer is a Lecturer in Law at University of Bristol.

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