Date: 7 June 2006
Retract call for fingerprint bureau closure - UNISON
The confirmation that the Metropolitan Police have confirmed the
accuracy of a palm print identification made by the Glasgow Bureau
of the SCRO was welcomed by UNISON, the union representing the staff
of the bureau. After the identification was challenged by fingerprint
experts who have previously challenged the bureau over the Shirley
McKie print, it was given to an outside bureau to check.
It is understood that at least some of the accusing experts have
now accepted that they made an error.
UNISON spokesperson, Kath Ryall, said:
"I hope that Alan Bayle and Alex Neill MSP
will now be publicly retracting their call for the Glasgow Bureau
to be shut down. It is regrettable that these public servants have
been used as a political football in an ongoing campaign. This was
a basic error by the independent experts and has been identified
as such. We are pleased that they have accepted that error and are
now looking for them to take the next step, and for Alex Neill MSP
to retract his accusation of incompetence and his call for closure
of the Glasgow Bureau."
Tomorrow, colleagues of the SCRO fingerprint experts
will be joined by independent experts Peter Swann and Malcolm Graham
who independently verified their identification of Y7 in giving
evidence to the Justice 1 Committee's enquiry.
Other independent experts that disagree with the
bureau's identification will also be giving evidence, including
one who subsequently misidentified the palm print in the current
There will be a press conference with the experts
and their representatives held in a Committee Room of the Scottish
Parliament immediately after they have finished giving their evidence.
Please contact Chris Bartter or Ken Macintosh MSP for details
For Further Information Please Contact:
Kath Ryall (Regional Organiser) 07904 341 971(m)
Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 07715 583 729(m) or 07958
Des McNulty MSP 07714 450 850(m)
Ken Macintosh MSP 07971 961 158(m)