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Lisburn Sinn Féin elected representatives recieve death threats

2 December, 2009


Lisburn Sinn Fein councillor and Lagan Valley MLA Paul Butler has reacted strongly to death threats made to himself, councillor Angela Nelson and other Sinn Fein councillors in Lisburn.

Mr Butler said:

"On the evening of Tuesday, 1 December, my party colleague Angela Nelson received a death threat by phone which threatened the Sinn Fein councillors on Lisburn council.

"The caller threatened that myself, councillor Nelson and the other Sinn Fein councillors on Lisburn council would be shot dead very soon.

“I have been told by the PSNI that they are taking the threat seriously.

Councillor Nelson has made a detailed statement to the PSNI. The PSNI have traced the caller’s number to Cadiz in Spain close to the British Army’s base in Gibraltar.

 

One possibility is that the caller is based at the Gibraltar base but the knowledge about Lisburn council and having councillor Nelson's number also suggests a local connection.

 

Paul Butler continued:

"We believe it is no coincidence that these threats have been made ahead of a Lagan Valley Sinn Fein selection convention in Lisburn next week

"I want to say that Sinn Fein will not be deterred by these threats.

"Our project to achieve equality, work for Irish unity, and do our best for our constituents will continue."

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