Donegal Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has described the British extradition request of John Downey request as vindictive and of bad faith.Deputy Doherty was responding to the Creeslough man’s extradition to the UK after he handed himself over to Gardai.Mr Downey is wanted by prosecutors in Northern Ireland over the murders of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers in 1972. Deputy Doherty said “The allegations against John Downey have already been dealt with and the British Government publicly stated that he is not wanted in connection with any offence.“That assertion was tested in the courts and he was subsequently released. That judgement should be respected by the British authorities.“The extradition request from the British Authorities is vindictive and bad faith and is an attempt to overturn due process.“It follows a campaign to introduce an amnesty for British soldiers at a time when the spotlight is on them for their actions. “John Downey is a supporter of the peace process over many years and to his extradition is vindictive and an act of bad faith.“He has worked to promote peace and reconciliation between the people of this island, meeting with members of Loyalism and Unionism and trying to put the past behind us and move into the future in peace together.“John Downey should be at home tonight with his family in Donegal. The British authorities through their own courts were ordered to release John after they were found guilty of a breach of process when he was previously arrested and detained a number of years ago. I have no doubt that the same will happen again.” John Downey should be at home with his family – Deputy Pearse Doherty was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalextraditionJohn DowneyPearse Doherty
A man has been arrested on charge of spreading a false rumour on social media about braid cutting incidents, police said on Monday.The development comes amid a string of complaints of braid chopping, which has led to panic and fear in some areas of Uttar Pradesh and other neighbouring states.The message allegedly sent by a person identified as Jahir Khan, husband of Gardaha village head, claimed that a braid cutting gang was reported to be targeting a few villages of the area, Gola kotwali inspector Deepak Shukla said, adding it was “a baseless rumour”. The officer said that the message was forwarded to him on his Whatsapp number.“I called up the sender of the message and after ascertaining his location, the man (Khan) was arrested. He could not explain the authenticity of the message. A case under IT Act has been lodged against Jahir (Khan), and he has been sent to jail.,” Mr. Shukla said.