OMICIDIO McDAID, LA POLIZIA NON HA CHIAMATO I LEALISTI
Shaun Woodward, Segretario di Stato per l’Irlanda del Nord, ha dichiarato che non vi sono prove che ufficiali di polizia abbiano informato i lealisti della comparsa di tricolori irlandesi nell’area in cui è avvenuto l’omicidio di Kevin McDaid.
Hugh Orde aveva infatti ordinato un’inchiesta dopo che fonti di informazioni avevano accusato alcuni ufficiali di polizia di aver utilizzato i telefoni cellulari per fare la soffiata alla fazione lealista.
Tale inchiesta pare non abbia portato a nulla di concreto.
Police ‘did not call loyalists’ (BBC News Northern Ireland)
There is “no evidence” to back claims police contacted loyalists to tell them Irish flags were being erected in the area where Kevin McDaid was murdered.
NI Secretary Shaun Woodward said Chief Constable Hugh Orde had investigated press reports that officers had used mobile phones to tip off loyalists.
However, he said Sir Hugh had found nothing to support the claims.
Meanwhile, a 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder earlier on Wednesday.
The Catholic father-of-four was beaten to death last month just yards from his home in Coleraine.
The incident took place after Rangers beat Celtic to the Scottish Premier League title.
Nine men have been charged in connection with the killing and the attempted murder of his friend, Damien Fleming, who is still critically ill.
Mr Woodward, who made the announcement during NI Questions, was also joined by several MPs in sending condolences to both the McDaid and Fleming families.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express the condolences of the whole House to the family of Kevin McDaid, who was murdered last Sunday week, and also to Damien Fleming, who was very badly attacked and suffered very serious injuries,” he said.
“The government totally condemns those responsible for these very serious crimes.”
Following the attack, the chief constable asked the Police Ombudman to investigate claims his officers stood by and did not intervene as Mr McDaid was beaten to death.