TWO MEN DENY PIRA MEETINGS CHARGES
A WEST Belfast man has joined a South Armagh farmer in denying charges of addressing meetings on behalf of, and belonging to, or professing to belong to the PIRA.
The case against Padraic Conner Wilson (55), pictured above, at the top, of Hamill park, Andersontown, will be reviewed in the new year, as will that of Sean Geard Hughes (52), of Aghadavoyle Road, Jonesborough. Wilson denied four charges at his formal arraignment before Belfast Crown Court. They alleged that the two sets of offences were committed between January 1 and March 31 2005. Two of the charges accused him of having “addressed a meeting and the purpose of his address was to encourage support for a proscribed organisation, namely, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, or to futher its activities”. The other two alleged that at the time he was either a member of the PIRA or professed to be a member. Last Tuesday his co-accused, Hughes, denied four similar charges in that he also allegedly addressed two meetings (concerning the rape of Mairia Cahill), to promote the PIRA and that he “professed to belong to a proscribed organisation, namely, the Provisional Irish Republican Army”, or actually was a member.
With many thanks to: The Irish News, for the origional story.