ORDE: “LA STRAGE DI OMAGH NON AVREBBE POTUTO ESSERE EVITATA”
Il Chief Constable uscente Sir Hugh Orde, in occasione della sua ultima apparizione a Westiminster, ha dichiarato dinnanzi ai deputati del comitato dei Comuni che non esiste ragione che faccia presumere l’inevitabilità della strage di Omagh.
Orde ha in questo modo respinto le accuse di Sir Patrick Cormack, presidente del comitato, che aveva lamentato la mancata esibizione del rapporto completo dell’intelligence, sulle intercettazioni avvenute prima dell’attentato del 1998 in cui hanno perso la vita 29 persone.
Orde ha affermato che la responsilità è unicamente del Real IRA e non esiste intelligence che avrebbe potuto prevenire la strage.
Omagh couldn’t be prevented: Orde (BBC News Northern Ireland)
Sir Hugh Orde has told MPs he has seen nothing to make him believe the 1998 Omagh bombing could have been prevented.
The chief constable was giving evidence to a Commons committee investigating the intelligence surrounding the atrocity which killed 29 people.
Sir Hugh told MPs the blame for the attack lay with the Real IRA.
He said was absolutely clear that there was no intelligence that could have prevented the attack from taking place.
On Tuesday, the chairman of the committee, Sir Patrick Cormack, was critical of the government for not releasing the full version of a report into intelligence intercepted around the time of the Omagh bombing.
Sir Hugh, in his last appearance in Westminster as chief constable, was also questioned about the devolution of policing and justice and the retention of the PSNI full time reserve.
He said it would have been wrong to have left the final decision on the reserve’s future to his successor.
That would have been “the coward’s way out”, he said.