NI: Boston College to fight subpoena for Belfast Project tapes

Lawyers for Boston College say it will fight a subpoena by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to gain access to more of the Belfast Project tapes.

The tapes are a record of interviews with former paramilitaries, who agreed to contribute to an oral history of the Troubles on the basis that the tapes would not be released until after their deaths.

The subpoena has been served under the terms of a UK-US legal assistance treaty and the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003.

In a letter, law firm Locke Lord said: “I can confirm that Boston College will file a motion to quash the subpoena that seeks Anthony McIntyre’s Belfast Project interview recordings, transcripts, and related materials.

“No such materials will be produced pending a ruling on that motion.”

Lawyers for Mr McIntyre also intend to lodge papers in Northern Ireland’s High Court challenging the legality of using the legal assistance treaty to serve the subopena.

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