Mairia Cahill’s rape allegations to be investigated

Belfast woman claims she was sexually abused by suspected IRA member in 1997

Mairia Cahill has claimed  the republican movement conducted its own inquiry into her allegations of abuse, subjecting her to interrogation and forcing her to confront her alleged attacker. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mairia Cahill has claimed the republican movement conducted its own inquiry into her allegations of abuse, subjecting her to interrogation and forcing her to confront her alleged attacker. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Three cases linked to alleged rape of Belfast woman Mairia Cahill and subsequent IRA cover-up are to be reviewed by a top human rights lawyer, the North’s Public Prosecution Service has said.

Sir Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions for England and Wales has been appointed to look again at all aspects of the prosecutions related to the Mairia Cahill case.

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