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PPS still considering prosecution over paramilitary trappings

Tyrone Commemoration Parade through Castlederg village to remember IRA members who died during the Troubles

Tyrone Commemoration Parade through Castlederg village to remember IRA members who died during the Troubles

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) is still reviewing its decision not to prosecute over paramilitary trappings at an IRA commemoration parade in Castlederg last August.

The controversial parade (pictured right) caused heated debate last year, with the Secretary of State and First and Deputy First Ministers, and Castlederg terror victims, becoming embroiled in a row over the matter.

Critics of the parade said participants were wearing paramilitary-style uniforms and that a banner and drum used in the procession carried images of masked gunmen, all of which they claimed were clear breaches of Parades Commission requirements.

The PSNI said they submitted a file to the PPS last year and that in April this year the PPS decided to review its earlier decision not to prosecute two individuals.

The PPS told the News Letter yesterday that the review is still ongoing and as such it would be improper for the PPS to comment further as it is under active consideration.

Trevor Clarke of Derg Valley Victims Voice said they have had extensive correspondence with Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory QC.

“We requested a meeting with Barra McGrory in June about this but he declined, saying that a decision would be made on prosecution 
in early August,” Mr Clarke said.

“The PPS has already ruled out the possibility of prosecutions for the depiction of masked gunmen in the parade.

“They are now deciding whether to prosecute for the uniforms.”

 

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