Charges in relation to McCartney murder

Published Thursday, 28 February 2013
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A 51-year-old man, arrested by detectives investigating the 2005 murder of Robert McCartney in Belfast, has been charged with membership of a proscribed organisation.

Charges in relation to McCartney murder
Robert McCartney died after he was stabbed outside Magennis''s Bar. (© Pacemaker)

He was detained in Jonesborough, Co Armagh on Wednesday morning. Police also searched a property in the area.

The man was taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

On Thursday evening, police confirmed that he had also been charged with two counts of addressing a meeting with the purpose of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation.

He will appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Mr McCartney, a 33-year-old father of two from the Short Strand area, was attacked after he became involved in a row in Magennis's Bar in the city centre.

He was beaten and stabbed outside the bar and later died in hospital.

His sisters, who have accused republicans of covering up the killing and intimidating witnesses, launched a campaign for justice which took them to the White House.

To date no-one has been convicted, but senior republican Pádraic Wilson was charged with IRA membership as part of the murder probe.

 

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john murphy in co louth wrote (634 days ago):
If this man is being charged with membership of an illegal organization, can we take as fact the Chief Constable Matt Baggott and his senior staff will be passing on the names and addresses of the U.V.F. members they met a few weeks ago regarding the Flag/city hall parades. We’ll not hold our breath for that Mr Baggott
Observer in Online wrote (634 days ago):
I am shocked, how have the PSNI managed to carry out this arrest when NI has been in total meltdown due to the flag protests in Belfast. Oh wait, they were only some civil protests with minor disorder, not the full scale bombing and shooting campaing we had from the IRA for 40 years...
joe in belfast wrote (634 days ago):
if he is remanded in custody will sinn fein protest and get him released ? if willie frazer is refused bail for blocking a road, surely the person who is charged with membership of a proscribed organisation should also be refused bail.
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