FORSE LA RIRA DIETRO ALL’OMICIDIO DOHERTY

Martin McGuinness punta il dito contro il Real IRA intervenendo in merito all’omicidio di Ciaran Doherty

Il cadavere di Ciaran Doherty, 31 anni, è stato ritrovato ieri sera Braehead Road a Derry, non distante dal confine con il Donegal. Omicidio in stile paramilitare, come rivelato dagli investigatori.
Martin McGuinness, vice primo ministro nordirlandese, intervenendo in merito alla notizia non ha esitato a puntare il dito contro il Real IRA, invocando la piena collaborazione della cittadinanza.
Nel frattempo si fa luce sulla persona di Ciaran Doherty,  un personaggio ‘conosciuto’ alla polizia che comunque non ha divulgato alcun dettaglio.
Nel novembre del 2009 Doherty rilascio un’intervista al Derry Journal in cui affermava di essere stato oggetto di attenzioni da parte del MI5, mentre tentava di fondare una società produttrice di sigarette, la cui licenza gli è stata più volte negata dal Revenue and Customs.
Dichiarò che era convinto si fosse trattato di una farsa dei servizi di sicurezza nel tentativo di reperire nuovi informatori.
Nel gennaio del 2010, Doherty si rivolse nuovamente al Derry Journal a seguito della perquisizione della sua casa che aveva fatto seguito al ritrovamento di cannabis per un valore di € 500.000 in una casa del Donegal.
La vittima disse nell’intervista che lui non aveva nulla a che fare con la droga e che la casa apparteneva a un prigioniero repubblicano che aveva incontrato in carcere a Portlaoise, dove era stato incarcerato per rapina.
Martina Anderson (Sinn Fein) si è fatta portavoce dei familiari di Doherty, traumatizzati e in stato di profondo shock.
“La famiglia ha chiesto in particolare che i media di non accalcarsi intorno alla casa di famiglia e ringrazia chi vorrà rispettare il suo desiderio”.

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Real IRA blamed for border murder (BBC News Northern Ireland)
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has blamed the Real IRA for shooting a man dead in Londonderry on Wednesday.
Kieran Doherty, 31, was from the Brandywell area in the city. He was due to get married in three months and had a two-year-old daughter.
His body was discovered, stripped and bound on Braehead Road, near the Irish border at about 2230 GMT on Wednesday.
Mr McGuinness said the murder was a “dirty deed” and urged the community to cooperate with the police.
He added that the political movement linked to the Real IRA, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, should make a statement.
Police said Mr Doherty was last seen as he left home at about 2000 GMT on Wednesday night.
At a press conference the police said they were unable to confirm whether he had then been abducted, or whether he had been shot at the spot where his body was later discovered.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said the people who murdered Mr Doherty were criminals, who had destroyed not only the victim’s life, but those of his partner and his young family as well.
MI5
Mr Harrison confirmed that Kieran Doherty was “known to police” but would not give any more details.
In November 2009 Mr Doherty gave an interview to the Derry Journal newspaper in which he claimed he had been approached by the security service MI5 while trying to set up a cigarette manufacturing company.
According to the paper, he was repeatedly turned down for a licence by Revenue and Customs and was then approached by an MI5 agent.
“I think the whole thing is a set up in order to try and recruit informers,” he told the newspaper.
In January this year, Mr Doherty again contacted the same newspaper after the PSNI searched his home. The search came after 500,000 euros worth of cannabis was found in a house in County Donegal.
Mr Doherty told the newspaper that he had no involvement with the drugs and that the house belonged to a Republican prisoner whom he had met in Portlaoise prison.
It is understood that Mr Doherty was jailed on a robbery charge.
Grief
Speaking on behalf of Mr Doherty’s family, Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson requested that the family be allowed to grieve in private.
“Kieran’s partner Mairead and his family are traumatised and in deep shock at the sudden and brutal death of Kieran.
“They wish to be left to plan his return and burial in private and in support of each other,” the MLA added.
“The family have particularly asked that media do not congregate around the family home and they thank you for respecting their wishes
Mr Doherty’s murder has been condemned by local politicians and community leaders.
The Catholic Bishop of Derry Seamus Hegarty described the killing as “brutal”.
He added: “Our society has a tragic history of violence. Due to this history, we, more than many other societies, should appreciate that any attempt to drag us back to a bloody past is wrong.
“A peaceful society depends upon normal policing and justice. We have taken great strides in that direction.”
Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, the Rev Ken Good, said people in the town are in shock.
“Right across the community, there is a clear sense of revulsion that another brutal murder has been carried out in this city.
“The horrific manner in which the victim’s body was left at the roadside by those who perpetrated the crime is a further cause for shock and outrage,” he said.

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