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Clegg Defends Force-Feeding of U.K. Moors Murderer Ian Brady

June 20, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg defended the force-feeding of one of the most infamous murderers in British history to keep him alive in a psychiatric hospital, saying he could see why it is being carried out.

Ian Brady with his then girlfriend Myra Hindley murdered five children in the 1960s, burying some of them on moors in the area around Manchester, northern England. He wants to be released from hospital, where he is being force-fed to keep him alive, in order to be able to die in prison in his native Scotland. On June 17, Brady appeared at a mental health tribunal to seek the move.

Asked in an LBC Radio interview today if it is right to keep Brady alive by force-feeding, Clegg said “I can see why that is being done. I have no sympathy for him on any Level.” Brady has not said where some of the victims are buried despite the pleas of their families.

“I personally feel no equivalence at all, morally or otherwise, between what is being provided to Ian Brady and the barbaric torture he inflicted on others,” Clegg said.

Hindley died in jail in 2002.

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