Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Beating the Same Old Drum in Ireland

"Irish banker seeks release until federal court ruling" by Beth Healy Globe Staff  November 13, 2015

Former Irish banker David Drumm insisted he is not a flight risk and rebutted allegations that he is a fugitive from authorities in his native Ireland.

“I did not flee Ireland,” Drumm said.

Drumm asked to be confined to his home with electronic monitoring. He said he needs to work to support his family and has been employed by an investment firm here in United States in recent years.

Three of his friends offered to put up their homes as guarantees that he would not flee if allowed out on bail.

“He thinks special rules should apply to him,” Assistant US Attorney Amy Burkart said, describing Drumm’s continued upper-middle-class life in a wealthy suburb....


Related: Drumming Up an Extradition to Ireland

He just wanted to get a fresh start. Can't you just be happy for him?

"Ex-British soldier, 66, arrested in connection with ‘Bloody Sunday’" by Sewell Chan and Douglas Dalby New York Times  November 11, 2015

LONDON — The police in Northern Ireland arrested a 66-year-old man Tuesday in connection with Bloody Sunday, the infamous massacre of unarmed civilian marchers by British soldiers in Londonderry on Jan. 30, 1972. It was the first time anyone has been arrested in the massacre, for which the British government formally apologized in 2010.

Is that blood on the Queen's dress?

The former soldier, whose name was not released, was arrested in County Antrim and taken to a police station in Belfast for questioning. The BBC reported that the ex-soldier was a lance corporal — identified in a 2010 report by the pseudonymous initial “J.” He is believed to have been involved in three of the 13 killings that day. A 14th victim died months later.

J was a member of the Parachute Regiment, the army unit most hated by Catholic nationalists during the Troubles, the 30-year struggle over the status of Northern Ireland.

The Troubles, which claimed 3,600 lives, largely ended with the 1998 Good Friday agreement, when paramilitary groups like the IRA agreed to cease hostilities and the governments of Britain and Ireland, along with the major political parties in Northern Ireland, agreed on a complex set of power-sharing arrangements for the British territory.

In 2010, after a 12-year, $283 million investigation, a government inquiry led by an eminent jurist, Lord Saville, found that “a serious and widespread loss of fire discipline” had allowed the massacre to take place.

The report, which exceeded 5,000 pages across 10 volumes, exonerated the victims, concluding that the soldiers had fired the first shot and had given no warning before opening fire. Some of those killed or wounded, the report found, were either fleeing or trying to help other victims.

The report refuted the findings of an earlier inquiry, conducted immediately after the massacre by a former army officer, Lord Widgery, that had largely exonerated the army and attributed the killings to armed protesters who it said had provoked the attack. That inquiry has come to be seen as a whitewash.

The Saville inquiry found testimony by J and two other soldiers — who testified that they had opened fire on men they believed to be armed — to be “knowingly untrue.” The three soldiers were believed to be involved in the deaths of Michael McDaid, 20, William Nash, 19, and John Young, 17.

The arrest was made by the Legacy Investigation Branch, a unit of the Police Service of Northern Ireland established in December to examine cold cases.


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Also see: Belfast court ruling eases abortion law

I didn't mean to open old wounds, sorry.