RONAN KERR TRADITO DA UNA TALPA NELLA PSNI?
Questa la pista intrapresa dagli investigatori nell’assassinio dell’agente della PSNI
Le forze di polizia sono a caccia di talpe repubblicane all’interno della PSNI. Si teme infatti che la loro funzione sia quella di fornire ai gruppi dissidenti informazioni sensibili sugli ufficiali considerati obiettivi di attentati.
A rivelare la nuova linea di indagine è un ex membro del Royal Ulster Constabulary. L’uomo che per ovvie ragioni di sicurezza è rimasto nell’anonimato, ha dichiarato che probabilmente la fretta di aumentare il numero di cattolici all’interno della PSNI in linea con la procedura di reclutamento 50:50, ha fatto sì che venisse abbassata la guardia.
La PSNI C3 Intelligence Branch sta in questo momento collaborando con l’MI5, nel tentativo di dare un volto ad una possibile talpa.
Indiscrezioni parlano di un ufficiale sorpreso a socializzare con dei repubblicani nel corso di un raid, oppure si teme una figura femminile tra gli agenti degli PSNI che vanta legami familiari con un repubblicano condannato per reati di terrorismo.
L’ex membro della RUC ha sottolineato come sarebbe stato impossibile che ciò accadesse se come una volta, fosse affidato alla Special Branch il compito di esaminare gli aspiranti polizziotti.
Ci sono prove che i terroristi abbiano avuto accesso ad informazioni sensibili di agenti di polizia e membri delle forze di sicurezza, attualmente in servizio o già in pensione, soprattutto in occasione di allerte di sicurezza che non fan notizia.
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Did a mole betray murdered Ulster PC? Hunt for Republican informant inside Police Service of Northern Ireland (Daily Mail)
Police in Ulster are hunting for republican moles who are said to have been planted in their force.
It is feared that the moles are being used to target officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland for terrorist attacks.
The claim came as all sectors of the community were called to assist in the inquiry into the murder of newly-qualified Roman Catholic constable Ronan Kerr, 25.
He was killed by a bomb under his car in Omagh on Saturday afternoon.
Senior politicians, including former IRA figure Martin McGuinness, now deputy first minister in Belfast for Sinn Fein, united yesterday to condemn the attack.
Defeating the dissident republicans unhappy at Sinn Fein’s cooperation in the peace process is given added urgency by claims that one terror group, Oglaigh na h-Eierann (ONH), suspected of responsibility for PC Kerr’s murder, could plot to disrupt the Queen’s historic visit to the Irish Republic next month, and even the Royal Wedding in London.
Officers investigating PC Kerr’s death insisted that it remained possible for terrorists to target police victims without inside information.
But a former member of what used to be known as the Royal Ulster Constabulary claimed that in the rush to boost Catholic numbers in the PSNI – up from ten per cent to almost a third in recent years – relaxed vetting rules allowed moles in.
The source claimed the PSNI’s C3 Intelligence Branch was working with MI5 to find dissident sleepers inside the force – focusing on a handful of serving officers.
One is said to have been found socialising with hardened republicans during an unrelated police raid, although he insisted they were simply childhood friends unaware of his new job.
There is also suspicion against a female officer with family links to a convicted republican terrorist.
The ex-RUC man, who cannot be named for security reasons, said: ‘In the rush to meet the recommendations on “50-50” recruitment in order to increase Catholic membership the risks have increased.’
The source said: ‘In the old days, when Special Branch did the vetting of applicants, there was no chance that anyone fishy would have got through application never mind training.
’But in the rush to meet the recommendations on “50-50” recruitment in order to increase Catholic membership the risks have increased.’
He said there was evidence that terrorists have had some access to police data on serving and former security force members and their families and their movements – most notably in high level threat warnings which do not make the headlines.
A poem is laid amongst flowers is seen outside the home of Police constable Ronan Kerr
At a press conference at Omagh police station yesterday afternoon, Det Supt Raymond Murray said forensic analysis suggested the bomb could have used more than 1lb of explosive.
He said that it was housed in a grey plastic container the size of a lunch box. It was probably activated by a ‘tilt switch’, detonating as soon as the car moved.
Officers believe the bomb that killed PC Kerr could have been placed any time between 1am on Friday morning and when the blast shook the small housing development on Saturday afternoon.
Det Supt Murray said: ‘Amongst ordinary people living ordinary, decent lives, were terrorists.’
PC Kerr lived with two male friends who are not policemen, he added, contrary to earlier suggestions.
And he dismissed suggestions there was any evidence the bomb contained Semtex famously sent to Ulster by Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi.
Earlier, Northern ireland’s deputy first minister Mr McGuinness stood shoulder to shoulder with the region’s chief constable Matt Baggott, First Minister Peter Robinson as he condemned PC Kerr’s killers.
‘They are involved in a useless war against peace,’ he said at Stormont.
‘They are enemies of the peace, they are the enemies of the people of Ireland.’