ALLARME PUP DOPO L’OMICIDIO A SHANKILL ROAD
Sale la preoccupazioni di armamenti ancora in possesso dell’UVF
Dawn Purvis, leader del Progressive Unionist Party, commentando l’omicidio di Bobby Moffett a Shankill Road, ha espresso preoccupazione in merito ad armi illegali che potrebbero ancora essere in circolazione.
Questo sarebbe in contrasto con lo smantellamento degli armamenti dell’UVF certificato dall’Independent International Commission on Decommissioning guidata dal Generale John De Chastelain.
“L’UVF nella sua dichiarazione dello scorso anno, con la quale ha affermato lo smantellamento dei propri armamenti, aveva assicurato di aver provveduto alla distruzione di tutto ciò che era sotto il suo controllo”.
“Ora, se i singoli hanno conservato delle armi, poi si sanno le conseguenze di tale azione, perché la normativa di disattivazione è decaduta in febbraio e chi viene sorpreso con le armi è soggetto alla piena forza di legge.”
PUP arms warning follows UVF murder (BBC News Northern Ireland)
There is concern that illegal weapons are still available, the leader of the Progressive Unionist Party has said.
Dawn Purvis was speaking following the murder of Bobby Moffett, 43, who was shot dead on Friday by two masked gunmen on Belfast’s Shankill Road.
She said the UVF had made clear they had destroyed all weapons under their control and the killing could have serious consequences.
Mr Moffett is believed to have had strong links with the UVF.
Police are questioning four people in connection with the killing.
Ms Purvis, whose party has links with the UVF, said: “The UVF in their decommissioning statement last year had made clear that they had destroyed everything that was under their control.
“Now, if individuals have held on to weapons, then they know the consequences of that because the decommissioning legislation fell in February and anyone caught with any weapons is liable to the full force of the law.”
All the men were arrested in the Belfast area.
At least two masked gunmen wearing fluorescent jackets shot Mr Moffett at the corner of Conway Street and the Shankill Road, and he died in hospital.
Police do not believe the shooting was sectarian. There is speculation that Mr Moffett may have been involved in a fight with a member of the UVF in recent days – but this may have been a personal dispute rather than anything to do with the organisation.
In a statement, the police said it was “a cold-blooded, ruthless killing”.
“It is a chilling reminder of a violent past that everyone in the community hoped we had left behind,” they added.
The gunmen were seen running off along nearby Conway Street.