GLI UOMINI ARMATI AL FUNERALE DI JOHN BRADY ‘DEVONO ESSERE ARRESTATI’
Si trascinano le polemiche in relazione all’onore paramilitare tributato a John Brady
Willie Frazer del Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR) insorge contro le forze di sicurezza accusate di non aver mosso un dito (nonostante un elicottere abbia sorvolato l’area per tutto il tempo) quando al funerale di John Brady, 4 uomini in divisa paramilitare e passamontagna hanno esploso colpi di pistola al cielo in segno di tributo alla salma del repubblicano.
“Il fatto che possa essere consentito a tre terroristi armati di esercitare la loro criminalità pubblicamente, deve essere messa in discussione”.
“Anche se ogni famiglia ha il diritto di seppellire i propri morti e di essere triste, questo non può essere trasformato in uno spettacolo malato”.
“Si tratta chiaramente di un atto di glorificazione e di un vero e proprio atto di terrorismo”.
“Quindi ci aspettiamo che tutti , in particolare le persone che erano mascherate e gli altri in uniforme in qualità di guardia d’onore, vengano identificati, arrestati, interrogati e perseguiti per la loro partecipazione”.
La PSNI ha dichiarato di essere a conoscenza di quanto accaduto e di aver avviato le dovute indagini.
Funeral gunmen ‘must be arrested’ (BBC News Northern Ireland)
Gunshots fired during the funeral of a dissident republican was a symbol of an “absolute failure of security”, a victims’ campaigner has said.
Four masked men dressed in paramilitary style uniform fired shots over the coffin of John Brady, whose funeral took place in Strabane on Tuesday.
Willie Frazer from Families Acting for Innocent Relatives demanded to know why no action was taken.
The PSNI said they were aware of the incident and inquiries were ongoing.
Mr Frazer said: “The fact that three armed terrorists can be allowed to engage in their criminality in such a public manner must be challenged.
“While every family has the right to bury their dead and grieve this cannot be turned into a sick spectacle.
“This is clearly a glorification of and indeed an actual act of terrorism.
“Therefore we expect that all those especially the individuals who were masked and others in a uniform acting as a guard of honour, be identified, arrested questioned charged and prosecuted for their participation,” he said.
Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister said it was “incumbent on the PSNI to thoroughly investigate these shows of republican paramilitarism and, in particular, the unlawful firing of shots”.
Mr Brady, who was serving the final part of a sentence for the murder of a police officer during the Troubles, was found dead in a cell at Strand Road PSNI station in Londonderry on Saturday.
It is understood that the 40-year-old took his own life but his family have expressed concerns about the circumstances of his death and the Police Ombudsman is now investigating.
During Thursday’s funeral, John Brady’s coffin was draped in a tricolour and a black beret and gloves were placed on top.
Several hundred mourners clapped and cheered after four men in balaclavas fired a volley of shots outside his sister’s home on the Drumrallagh estate in Strabane.
A police helicopter was flying overhead during the incident.