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GSOC unsure if it can investigate claims a judge put pressure on whistleblower

GSOC said it is examining whether they can investigate the accusations under their remit.

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THE GARDA SIOCHANA Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is examining accusations that a judge put pressure on a garda whistleblower to withdraw allegations against a senior member of the force.

However, the Commission said it would be early next week before it knew if it could – under its remit - investigate the matter.

Accusations

GSOC confirmed to TheJournal.ie that it received a letter outlining the accusations in December.

“We are examining whether we can investigate under our remit,” said a spokesperson, who said the group had hoped to know by today if they could begin an investigation.

The Irish Independent reports that the claims were made in sworn statements by garda whistleblower John Wilson to the gardaí and GSOC.

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Wilson is said to have alleged a judge attempted to pervert the course of justice by asking him to drop a complaint about a senior officer who cancelled the penalty points of a number of people.

The Irish Independent states that the judge has denied this.

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