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Senior SF/IRA Member Arrested. (Robert McCartney Murder)


between the bridges

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A senior Sinn Fein member and former Provisional IRA leader (Padraic Wilson, 53,) has been arrested in connection with the murder of Robert McCartney.

Read more: Sinn Fein man held over Robert McCartney murder - Northern Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

The McCartney family were forced out of the republican Short Strand enclave in east Belfast as a result of their campaign to prosecute their brother’s killers.

Read more: Robert McCartney's sister: justice fight led to unfair dismissal - Northern Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

A leading republican has been remanded in custody after being charged with offences in relation to the murder of Robert McCartney in 2005.

Padraic Wilson, 53, was the leader of IRA prisoners in the Maze Prison in the late 1990s.

Within hours of Mr McCartney's death, it was claimed that IRA members had been involved after a fight - a claim rejected by Sinn Féin.

Mr McCartney's family accused republicans of covering up what happened, and threatening witnesses. His sisters accused Sinn Féin and the IRA of obstructing efforts to bring their brother's killers to justice.

The IRA expelled three members over the murder and Sinn Féin subsequently suspended seven of its members.
BBC News - Robert McCartney murder: Leading republican remanded in custody

unfortunately yesterday we seen what the 'bad' republicans can do, bit of a reminder of what the 'good' republicans can do...
 

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He's been charged with membership of the PIRA, not MCCartney's murder.
 

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He's been charged with membership of the PIRA, not MCCartney's murder.
A detective told Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday that although Mr Wilson is not charged directly in connection with the murder of Mr McCartney, the charges relate to an internal investigation by the IRA following the murder.

The magistrate said her concern was that Mr Wilson could interfere with witnesses which include Mr McCartney's sisters.

Mr Wilson was remanded in custody for four weeks.
 

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Gerry Kelly said:

“It is my firm view that these charges are politically motivated and driven by an old agenda within the PSNI fighting against policing change. Those behind this agenda need to be removed from policing before they inflict further damage on the Peace Process. This is not about bringing the killers of Robert McCartney to justice. It is in fact the opposite. That was made very clear to the court today.
Sinn Féin demands release of Pádraic Wilson
 

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If I remember correctly, didn't the IRA offer to shoot the perpetrators of this deed which the McCartney family rightly reject?
 

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If I remember correctly, didn't the IRA offer to shoot the perpetrators of this deed which the McCartney family rightly reject?
That's right, a really bizarre statement issued by them.
 

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Correct me if i'm wrong but don't SF support the "judicial process" in the North?

Don't they call on those who have "broken the law" to be brought to justice by the PSNI and tried before British courts.

Will that also be the case if this this man is guilty?

Or his he special?
 

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He's been charged with membership of the PIRA, not MCCartney's murder.
Plus calling for support for the IRA at a meeting and it seems the same meeting was part of 'an internal IRA investigation into the murder of R McCartney' or, as some would say, part of the cover up.
 

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Interesting what might be a holding charge. It will need more than there appears to be so far.
 

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Plus calling for support for the IRA at a meeting and it seems the same meeting was part of 'an internal IRA investigation into the murder of R McCartney' or, as some would say, part of the cover up.
What's your point?
 

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What's your point?
Simply that you were pointing out he was not charged with the murder and I'm pointing out that he is charged in relation to the aftermath of the murder. A serious enough point, and it may well turn out that he was trying to pervert the cause of justice.
Interesting to see McGuinness avoiding questions about it this evening and Gerry Kelly trying to say Wilson was helping the family, heh he. The family obviously don't see it as help.
 

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Simply that you were pointing out he was not charged with the murder and I'm pointing out that he is charged in relation to the aftermath of the murder. A serious enough point, and it may well turn out that he was trying to pervert the cause of justice.
Interesting to see McGuinness avoiding questions about it this evening and Gerry Kelly trying to say Wilson was helping the family, heh he. The family obviously don't see it as help.
Why do you give a chit about him allegedly perverting the cause of British justice?
 

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Why do you give a chit about him allegedly perverting the cause of British justice?
oh perhaps the fact that for all it's faults it is much better than provo justice...
 

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oh perhaps the fact that for all it's faults it is much better than provo justice...
Provo justice is a drop in the ocean compared to British, ask history, or Google Afghanistan.
 

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Provo justice is a drop in the ocean compared to British, ask history, or Google Afghanistan.
grand so your high standards of justice mean it's ok for SF/IRA members to kill some one in a pub brawl and cover it up...
 

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