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Republicans told of unionist paramilitary threats

14 April, 2007


North Antrim Sinn Féin Assembly member Daithi McKay has revealed that a number of republicans in Derry City, South Derry and North Antrim were visited overnight by the PSNI and told that their details were in the hands of unionist paramilitaries. The visits are being linked to the appearance in court of a Wrightbus employee yesterday who was charged with various UVF offences.

Mr McKay said:

"Since the appearance in court yesterday of a Wrightbus employee who was charged with a variety of offences linked to the UVF, including holding information, a number of republicans in Derry City, South Derry and North Antrim have been visited by the PSNI.

"They have been informed that their personal details are in the hands of unionist paramilitaries. Sinn Féin and the individuals concerned are obviously taking this matter seriously. It is unacceptable that unionist paramilitaries continue to target republicans in this manner and the events of the past 24 hours clearly raise very serious issues for the wider unionist
community.

"None of the unionist paramilitaries have yet to engage in any constructive fashion with the IICD. All are still engaged in widespread criminality including drug dealing and extortion. All of this needs to end and needs to end now." ENDS

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