UNA NUOVA ‘VOCE’ DALLA TOMBA
Anche le rivelazione dell’ex leader del PUP David Ervine nel libro ‘Voices from the Grave’
‘Voices from the Grave’ non è solo Brendan Hughes. Nuove rivelazioni vengono alla luce e questa volta affidate al Boston College dall’ex leader del Progressive Unionist Party David Ervine.
Anch’egli decise di dare il proprio contributo alle medesime condizioni accettate dall’allora ‘compagno’ di Gerry Adams: le sue dichiarazioni sarebbero state rivelate solo post-mortem.
Morte sopravvenuta nel 2007 dopo due gravi infarti ed un ictus.
David Ervine dichiarò che Billy Wright, leader dell’Ulster Volunteer Force ucciso dall’INLA durante la sua detenzione a Maghaberry, era pesantemente coinvolto nel traffico di droga. Ma non si fermò a questo concetto.
Anche l’INLA avrebbe ricoperto un ruolo di spessore nel commercio di stupefacienti. “C’è una famigerata storia a proposito di una sala da ballo in Irlanda del Nord, secondo la quale, da un lato della sala, l’Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) vendeva alcuni tipi di droghe e, dall’altro lato, il membro dell’UVF Billy Wright vendeva un differente tipo di droga”, raccontò Ervine.
“(Wright e l’INLA) avevano plasmato il mercato della droga. Erano diametralmente opposti, acerrimi nemici l’uno dell’altro, che in questo contesto insieme potevano funzionare”.
David Ervine rivelò anche che molti degli uomini dell’Ulster Volunteer Force erano sdegnati dall’attività degli Shankill Butchers, ma avevano troppa paura per reagire nei loro confronti.
“Ce n’erano di quelli che credevano che la leadership UVF avesse paura di alcune di quelle personalità”. Ed Ervine tenne a sottolineare che se a fare queste affermazioni furono persone che si macchiarono di plurimi omicidi, non si può non credergli.
“L’argomento ‘butchers’…era osceno, nessuno riusciva a difenderli’.
David Ervine si dimostrò anche disposto a parlare dettagliatamente del suo ruolo nell’UVF. E’ opinione del ricercatore del Boston College che ci si trovasse di fronte ad un esperto in esplosivi.
Tra il settembre 1972 e il luglio 1974, quando Ervine fu un esponente di spicco dell’Ulster Volunteer Force, l’organizzazione paramilitare fu responsabile di 54 omicidi, tutti tranne uno avvenuti tramite autobombe o ordigni piazzati in edifici.
Al suo funerale parteciparono esponenti politici del calibro del presidente del Sinn Fein Gerry Adams, dell’ex leader dell’UUP David Trimble, così come dell’allora Chief Constable della PSNI Hugh Orde.
‘Billy Wright and INLA carved up drugs market’ (NewsLetter)
Former PUP leader David Ervine claimed murdered LVF man Billy Wright cooperated with the INLA to sell drugs.
“Voices From The Grave” by veteran journalist Ed Maloney hit the headlines this week with claims from former IRA man Brendan “The Dark” Hughes that Gerry Adams had been a key player in the organisation.
Mr Ervine was also interviewed for the book on the proviso the details would not be released until after his death.
He told a Boston College researcher, former PUP member Wilson McArthur, that Wright was “heavily involved with drugs”.
“There was a notorious story about a dance hall in Northern Ireland, where, on one side of the hall, the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) sold certain types of drugs and, on the other side, Billy Wright’s UVF members sold a different type of drugs,” said Mr Ervine.
He added: “They’d (Wright and the INLA) carved up a drugs market – these were diametrically opposed, absolutely violent enemies of each other, who could function together in that respect.”
The INLA later shot Wright dead in the Maze prison in 1997.
Mr Ervine also revealed that many rank-and-file UVF men – some of whom themselves were convicted for murder – were disgusted by the actions of the Shankill Butchers but were too scared to confront them.
“There were those who believed that the UVF leadership were afraid of some of the personalities. It’s as simple as that,” he told the researcher.
The Shankill Butchers are estimated to have killed up to 30 people, and gained both their nickname and notoriety from their favoured use of butchers’ knives to torture and kill their victims.
“UVF prisoners had the highest incidence of life-sentence in any of the compounds, so they weren’t angels or pussycats. So I think when multiple murderers are saying ‘Hey, for f**g sake’, I think it’s worth listening to them.
“The butcher stuff was … obscene and nobody could defend it.”
Even though the contents of the interviews would never become public until after his death, Mr Ervine said he was “unwilling” to speak in detail about his role and activity in the UVF.
However, the researcher was led to believe his speciality was the use of explosives.
The book notes that between September 1972 and July 1974 when Mr Ervine was an active member of the UVF, the organisation killed 54 people, 36 of them in the Republic and 18 in Northern Ireland – all but one of these killings was through bombs either hidden in the boot of a car or tossed into a building.
He was arrested on November 2, 1974 after he was caught transporting a bomb in a stolen car on the Holywood Road in east Belfast.
Mr Ervine died of two massive heart attacks and a stroke in January 2007.
His funeral was attended by politicians from across the spectrum, from Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams to former UUP leader David Trimble, as well as the then Chief Constable Hugh Orde.