RINTRACCIATO NEGLI USA UN UOMO RICERCATO PER L’OMICIDIO NAIRAC
La PSNI ha avvertito le autorità statunitensi di aver rintracciato negli USA uno dei responsabili dell’omicidio Nairac
Patrick Maguire, 57 anni, è sospettato di essere coinvolto nella tortura brutale e nell’assassinio del capitano Robert Nairac in un campo isolato, vicino al confine irlandese, risalente al 1977. Il suo corpo non è mai stato trovato.
La PSNI è attualmente in contatto con la polizia statunitense, dopo che il quotidiano The Sun ha rivelato di aver incontrato il ‘fuggiasco’.
Stando a quando reso noto dal giornale, Maguire avrebbe espresso rammarico per quanto accaduto più di 30 anni fa, ma di non aver alcuna intenzione di fare ritorno in Irlanda del Nord.
“Non ho intenzione di rivangare il passato. E se il passato raggiunge me, beh … Non c’è niente che possa cambiare le cose e ora ti ho detto mi dispiace ma questoè quanto posso fare. .. Non c’è niente può cambiare quanto è successo, sono passati più di 30 anni. ”
Patrick Maguire e Terry McCormick, sono due degli uomini ritenuti responsabili della tragica sorte dell’allora ventinovenne Nairac. Kevin Crilly ha fatto ritorno in Irlanda del Nord e il mese scorso è stato accusato dell’omicidio dalla Newry Magistrates Court.
US authorities alerted to Nairac accused (U TV)
Police in Northern Ireland have alerted authorities in the US after claims a man wanted over the murder of an undercover British soldier has been tracked down near New York.
Patrick Maguire, 57, is suspected of involvement in the brutal torture and assassination of Captain Robert Nairac in an isolated field near the Irish border in 1977. His body has never been found.
As well as two others, the South Armagh builder went on the run to America in the weeks after the killing.
PSNI detectives are now liaising with their colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic over a reported sighting in a New Jersey suburb.
The Sun newspaper said it confronted Maguire at his house.
According to the paper, he expressed regrets when challenged about the killing but said he would not be returning to Northern Ireland.
“There’s nothing I can say about that night… Of course I have regrets about it… but I’m not going to say any more,” the father of four told the paper.
“I’m not going to go back into the past. And if the past catches up with me, then… There’s nothing can change things now and I’ve told you I regret it but that’s as far as I can go… There’s nothing can change it, it’s 30-odd years ago.”
PSNI sources said they are satisfied the man pictured in the paper is Maguire.
In the years after the 29-year-old Grenadier Guardsman was killed, three men were convicted of his murder, but police said three other suspects evaded arrest after going on the run to the US .
One of those men – 59-year-old Kevin Crilly from Jonesborough, South Armagh – subsequently returned to Northern Ireland and last month he was charged with the murder at Newry Magistrates Court.
Maguire and another suspect – republican Terry McCormick – continue to elude the authorities.
Capt Nairac, from Gloucestershire, was interrogated and then shot dead after being snatched from a pub car park near Jonesborough, south Armagh and driven across the border to an isolated field at Ravensdale, Co Louth.
His remains have never been found amid claims from former IRA members that the body was disposed of at a local meat processing plant to hide the terrible injuries he suffered before death.
He was posthumously awarded the George Cross for his bravery.
A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: “The investigation into Robert Nairac’s murder is active and ongoing.
“One man is currently on remand charged with the murder and PSNI detectives are still working to locate and extradite at least two other suspects. Liaisons will continue with law enforcement agencies around the world, including the US.”