GENERAL GUIDELINES ON DEBRIEFING OF FIR NUA
TO BE KEPT WITH BROC BRIEF
FOR BROC USE ONLY
When a fear nua arrives the following details should be forwarded A.S.A.P. Have it known to the person that what follows is a routine debriefing procedure which applies to all new men. The questions asked are general questions asked of all new men and are not just specific to him.
Name...Address...DOB...DOA...Date charged...DoS...DoR...Bail details (date he got it, the conditions etc)...List of main charges...What evidence against him (statements, verbals, forensic etc.)...Plea in court...Sentence...Is he appealing...Status when arrested (civilian/Oglach)...1/2 or 2/3 remission...Judge...Barrister...Solicitor...Previous charges and sentences (which jail he was in)...Any outstanding charges (brutality case pending or any action involving courts)...Occupation (Trade etc.).
Before getting the above details the deposition papers should be read, if available, which would give you a general view of the case. In addition to the above details please include: (1) A brief outline of the circumstances of arrest and a brief account of charges; (2) If information was given then state the nature and extent of this; (3) Clarify that these details were given to the Broc in the Crum; (4) Give the person concerned the opportunity to mention anything he may for whatever reason have failed to mention at previous debriefings; (5) Did he receive any physical abuse in the barracks; (6) While in the barracks was he offered any form or inducements (money, lesser sentence, let him out if he works for them, etc.); (7) Did the RUC visit him in the Crum. If so, why. (Make
sure he is aware of O.n.h-E position on RUC visits); (8) How long did he spend in the `assessment unit'. (Were there any kinds of problems or attempts to persuade him not to come here, but to go to another jail).
NOTE: Brocs do not have authority to ask men to disclose any information on O.n.h-E activities or personnel unless it relates directly to the man's case and has already been disclosed in the barracks.
The following questions should be asked of any men who pleaded guilty: (1) Was he aware of O.n.h-E position on pleading guilty; (2) Did he get O.n.h-E permission to do so. (If the answer is yes, then at what level of O.n.h-E is he referring to. He will need to specify the O.n.h-E authority concerned, which he claims gave permission - Crum, T/A etc.); (3) What was his reason for pleading
guilty; (4) Who suggested it; (5) Was a deal talked of in terms of years or did he plead guilty and accept the consequences; (6) Was mitigation offered on his behalf; (7) Who decided on what to say; (8) Was the name of O.n.h-E used or members of O.n.h-E referred to in any way (for example, influenced by others not before the courts, etc.).
O.n.h-E POSITION ON APPEALS
The O.n.h-E position on appeals is that no Oglach who pleads guilty has permission to enter an appeal. All new arrivals should me made aware of this directive. A man who pleads guilty does not have clearance to go through with an appeal, but we are prepared to accept that those who have pleaded guilty and all others can avail of appeal visits. Anyone who pleads guilty should therefore pull out of their appeal before it comes up. Anyone else who intends to go through with their appeal should inform the Camp I/O and if anyone indicates that they are going to disregard the O.n.h-E directive, inform the Camp I/O and the matter will be dealt with from there.
(1) Did he get the Leabhar Glas, or anti-interrogation lectures of any type; (2) How long did he spend on it; (3) Did it cover all sections or just anti-interrogation sections; (4) How long ago; (5) Any refreshers or updates in changing tactics in barracks; (6) Did he feel it prepared him alright for the barracks; (7) In what areas does he feel it could be improved in light of his own experiences; (8) Was it his first time in; (9) How would he see himself dealing with a similar situation in future.
When you have completed the above procedure and satisfied yourself that you have the required details and circumstances of the case you should draw up your report and assessment of it. If you believe at this stage, because of your discussion with the person, that there are areas that you are not happy with, and that you feel a more extensive debriefing is necessary, you should state this in your report, giving your reasons as to why you believe this.
NOTE: At this stage do not move beyond the level of the above initial and routine debrief but await direction on what line to take in relation to the case. Conclude the debriefing by asking the person if there are any points relating to the above discussion on his case which he would like clarified or if in the future there are matters which he would like to discuss relating to his case or areas he may feel we can help him with, he should not hesitate to approach you or other Brocs who will be glad to discuss the matter with him and help him in whatever way possible. Finally it should be pointed out that all matters discussed during his time in the barracks and during his debriefings relating to O.n.h-E operations and personnel should not be discussed with anyone unless authorised to do so.
(1) It is normal procedure for all new men to bring their deps with them. If a man arrives without them you should ask him if he was aware of the above routine procedure. If he was, then you should ask him why he didn't bring them down, and if there would be any problems in getting them left in. If there are problems or reasons given by him as to why he cannot get them left in, enclose these
reasons in your report and await direction on what to do. (2) It should be pointed out to men that depositions should not be given out to anyone other than the Broc to read unless for some other authorised reason. (3) Once clearance has been given that the depositions are no longer needed they should be left out A.S.A.P. if they are no longer required by the person concerned for appeal or
other reasons relating to his case. Depositions should not be kept in here longer than is absolutely necessary. All matters discussed in relation to a person's debriefing and the details contained in his depositions are confidential and Brocs should not discuss any of the above with anyone, unless
specifically directed to do so.