New UDA death threats
The newly-reaffirmed UDA "ceasefire" has been dismissed after
threats were made against four republicans in the North using a
recognised UDA codeword.
One of the men, Sean Hayes -- a former Sinn Fein councillor in
Belfast -- was told he would be shot dead within 48 hours.
The PSNI police informed Mr Hayes that the threat was from the
Red Hand Defenders, a cover name for the UDA, and was
accompanied by a recognised code word.
South Belfast Assembly member, Alex Maskey, said the PSNI
informed Mr Hayes that his name "along with that of three other
republicans in Belfast, Dungannon and Warrenpoint were issued
with death threats in a phone call to the BBC.
"It is deeply concerning that this UDA cover name has once again
resurfaced only a week after the British Secretary of State
proclaimed that the UDA was on cessation once again," he said.
Earlier this month, the UDA pledged to end all violence and work
towards complete disarmament. The announcement was made by Mr
Tommy Kirkham of the Ulster Political Research group, the
political representatives of the UDA.
Mr Kirkham, speaking to more than 2,000 UDA members in the
loyalist Rathcoole estate on the northern outskirts of Belfast,
said: "From today we are prepared to move into a process. Our
commitment to that process will be to work towards a day when
there is no longer a need for an UDA and a UFF (Ulster Freedom
British Direct Ruler Paul Murphy said he was taking a gamble but
he had decided to recognise the UDA's ceasefire because he was
persuaded the organisation was serious about seeking a new