10 January 2006

PFC Listserv updates

1) Spicer Conference Alert
2) New Plastic Bullets Report
3) Bloody Sunday Weekend Reminder

1) Spicer Conference Alert

Former Scots Guards officer and mercenary Tim Spicer is due to speak at a conference in the US later this month. Subscribers will remember that he pulled out of a recent conference in London after Jean Mc Bride announced her intention to attend and confront him.  Spicer has repeatedly sought to justify the murder by soldiers under his command of Peter Mc Bride in Belast in 1992. His company, Aegis, last year won a major Pentagon contract to provide 'private security services'  in Iraq. Aegis is currently under investigation following emergence of a shoot-to-kill video filmed in Iraq and allegedly linked to the controversial company. In recent weeks US Senators Charles Schumer and Barack Obama have questioned the $295 million Aegis contract.

PFC subscribers should contact the conference organisers (and their elected representatives) and ask if they are aware that Aegis, co-sponsors of the conference, are currently under investigation or that the President of the company, LT Col Tim Spicer, faces serious allegations concerning his mercenary activities in Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea and his defence of the murder of an unarmed youth in Belfast.  

Contact: Warren Wm. Gollop, Tel: 246.417.5328 Fax: 888.844.4901 (Toll Free) EMail:

Conference details

Reconstruction and Stabilization in Iraq
Optimizing Post Conflict Efforts of Future Operations
23-25 January 2006  
Location: Sheraton Premiere at Tyson's Corner, Vienna, VA, USA


2) New Plastic Bullets Report

The London based NGO, British Irish Rights Watch, has published a new report titled Plastic Bullets-A Human Rights Perspective 2006. The 54 page document is available online at www.birw.org

According to BIRW the new report, which replaces a September 2005 publication includes:

a)  accurate figures for the firing of AEPs in 2005 by the police and army

b)  it takes account of the Police Ombudsman's report on firings in 2001/2002

c)  it takes account of the Policing Board's human rights advisors' report on Ardoyne and Whiterock in 2005

d)  it takes account of the PSNI's guidelines on the firing of plastic bullets.

3) Bloody Sunday Weekend Reminder

The last Bloody Sunday weekend before publication of the Inquiry report takes place in the week leading up to January 29, the date of the march. Full programme details will be posted soon but events will include a Relatives Conference on Saturday, January 28, focusing on recent developments concerning the NI Offences Bill (see PFC/RFJ/JFTF statement on website) and the relevance of the Historical Enquiries Team and Police Ombudsman for relatives who have been bereaved. Other events will include discussions, films, plays, and the annual Bloody Sunday Lecture to be delivered on Friday January 27. The Inquiry report is expected to be published later this spring.

Contact PFC for background on any of the above at info@patfinucanecentre.com

See also www.patfinucanecentre.org

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