McGUINNESS CHIAMATO A DARE SPIEGAZIONI SULLA SUA ATTIVITA’ PARAMILITARE IN SENO AI PROVOS
Il vice Primo Ministro nordirlandese nel fango dopo la pubblicazione del Rapporto Saville sulla Bloody Sunday
La mitraglietta impugnata da Martin McGuinness il 30 gennaio 1972, potrebbe aver ucciso 2 soldati del British Army, 3 giorni prima della Bloody Sunday.
Il 27 gennaio 1972 un’auto con a bordo i soldati Peter Gilgunn (cattolico) e David Montgomery (protestante), venne investita da una raffica di proiettili al di fuori della stazione di polizia di Rosemount nell’area nazionalista di Creggan, in agguato rivendicato dal Provisional IRA.
Il Rapporto Saville sulla Bloody Sunday riporta che, il 30 gennaio 1972, Martin McGuinness era “probabilmente” armato di una mitraglietta Thompson. Il vice Primo Ministro nordirlandese, respinge ogni accusa e rifiuta di discutere di qualsiasi evento avvenuto al di fuori del fatto su cui l’inchiesta era volta a far luce.
Peter Robinson, Primo Ministro a Stormont, aveva già accusato pubblicamente il suo ‘collega’ di aver ordinato quelle due uccisioni davanti all’Assembly nel 2001.
McGuinness ha rivelato che il Provisional IRA in quei giorni era in possesso di due/tre mitragliette Thompson. Agenti del British Army e fonti di informazioni dichiararono che in quella domenica furono esplosi colpi dal tipo di arma in possesso di McGuinness, mentre invece un testimone dell’IRA affermò che gli unici colpi furono esplosi da una pistola.
Ieri sera un portavoce del Sinn Fein ha dichiarato che Martin McGuinness non può discutere delle sue implicazioni in attività paramilitari al di fuori della Bloody Sunday, senza prima ottenere l’immunità.
Martin McGuinness sub-machinegun may have been used to kill two policemen (Telegraph)
The sub-machinegun allegedly carried by Martin McGuinness on Bloody Sunday may have been used to murder two policemen days before, evidence in the Saville Inquiry report suggests.
Mr McGuinness faced growing calls last night to explain whether he had any role in the shooting of Sgt Peter Gilgunn and Pc David Montgomery in an IRA ambush in Londonderry on Jan 27, 1972.
Their car was sprayed with bullets outside Rosemount police station on the nationalist Creggan estate.
Sgt Gilgunn, 26, a Roman Catholic whose brother was later a Sinn Fein councillor, left a wife and a six-month-old son.
Pc Montgomery, originally from Belfast, had been planning an engagement party for a few days after he was killed.
They were the first policemen to be murdered in Londonderry in the Troubles and the killings were credited with increasing tensions in the run-up to Bloody Sunday.
The Saville Inquiry found that Mr McGuiness, now a Westminster MP and deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, was “probably” armed with a Thompson sub-machinegun on Jan 30, when British soldiers shot 13 innocent civilians dead. He denies the allegation.
Mr McGuinness admits being the Provisional IRA’s second-in-command in the city at the time. But he has refused to discuss any alleged paramilitary activity outside the Bloody Sunday inquiry.
Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland’s First Minister and Mr McGuinness’s colleague in the power-sharing executive, has accused him publicly of ordering the killings. He told the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2001 that the IRA’s ”Derry Brigade”, under Mr McGuinness’s command became “one of the most murderous and evil, even by the blood-stained, loathsome standards of that organisation”.
Mr McGuinness told the tribunal that the Provisionals had only “two or three” sub-machineguns in the city at the time. Evidence summarised in Lord Saville’s report shows that Army intelligence and media reports from the time of the shootings said that a Thompson sub-machinegun was used, although one IRA witness claimed only an automatic pistol was used.
A spokesman for Sinn Fein said last night that Mr McGuinness could not discuss his role in paramilitary activity, outside of Bloody Sunday, without being offered immunity from prosecution.
Gregory Campbell, the DUP MP for East Londonderry, said: “It is inconceivable that an action as high profile as a group of Provisional IRA paramilitaries going out to shoot two policemen would not have been approved at a higher level. He has questions to answer as to whether he gave approval for it and instructions.
“If it can be established that the weapon that was used was similar to or identical to the one that he probably had three days later then I think it puts the onus on him to deny it.”
David Cameron said yesterday that he found it “painful” to work with Mr McGuinness because of his past in the organisation which murdered Tory figures such as Ian Gow and Airey Neave.
“I do find it painful that I now sometimes sit around a table with Martin McGuinness and I think about what that man did,” the Prime Minister said.
“But everyone has to come to terms with that because that is the price we are paying for peace, and it is a price that is worth paying because peace is so much better than the alternative.”