Dissident internal security debrief found hidden in perfume bottle – handwriting matched with PIP application, court hears

‘Shortbread’ and ‘Rice Krispies’ used as code words – Fionnuala Perry

A convicted former IRA hijacker hid secret dissident terror notes in a perfume box, a court has been told.

Handwriting on the notes matched a benefits application made by west Belfast woman Fionnuala Perry, police claimed in an appearance at Belfast Magistrates’ Court.

Perry, 61, from west Belfast, was charged with two counts of collecting information useful to terrorists between September 2015 and February 2018.

Police said the notes were a mixture of plain language and coded words including shortbread and Rice Krispies.

The PSNI say they can link Perry, a senior member of the dissident republican party Saoradh, to the notes after comparing them to her handwriting on a Personal Independence Payments (PIP) application form submitted to the government in 2017.

The court heard a raid was carried out at her address in the Clonard area of west Belfast in February 2018 which uncovered what they referred to as a “security debrief” following police recovery of munitions in Ballymurphy in 2015.

Cigarette papers and tracing paper were recovered from a perfume box which contained handwritten notes relating to police activity in the area which were never released to the press or public, the court heard.

The notes are said to contain a mixture of plain language and code including the phrases Luger, 9mm auto, 9mm 100, Rice Krispies and shortbread.

Police say the notes relate to a raid carried out in Ballymurphy in September 2015 in which over half a kilogram of Semtex, two handguns, more than 200 rounds of ammunition and two detonators were recovered.

The papers were sent for handwriting analysis months later when the PSNI were provided with a copy of Mrs Perry’s 2017 application for PIP.

Officers told the court a handwriting expert had compared the two and, in their opinion, there was “strong support” for a connection between them.

In the notes officers also said there was reference to individuals who had been spoken to by officers in relation to the 2015 raid whose details had never publicly been released.

The court heard the PSNI were “of the opinion” the notes formed part of an internal security review carried out by a paramilitary organisation and objected to bail on the grounds Mrs Perry may commit further offences.

However, lawyers acting on behalf of Fionnuala Perry, often referred to as Nuala, successfully applied for bail on behalf of their client under stringent bail terms.

Granting her bail judge Bernie Kelly said: “Mrs Perry this is a fine balancing exercise between these charges and your rights enshrined by legal conventions. I am going to release you under strict conditions.”

The rules of her bail include not having access to any internet enabled communications device, a night time curfew and a requirement to sign on once a week at Musgrave Police Station. She was also released on her own bail of £500 and a cash surety of £2,000.

The Public Prosecution Service immediately lodged an appeal against the granting of bail and Mrs Perry was held in custody as a result pending a hearing at the appeal court.

With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story.

Nuala Perry

Nuala Perry, who was today charged in a British Court, is a lifelong Republican, ex-prisoner and proud Saoradh member who we are honoured to call a comrade.

Nuala was granted bail this morning which was immediately objected to by Crown Forces, and so an appeal by the PSNI/RUC will be heard in the High Court on Monday.

Saoradh Béal Feirste send solidarity to Nuala and her family, and look forward to her release ahead of beating these nonsensical politically-motivated charges in the long term.

With many thanks to: Saoradh Béal Feirste for the original posting

Photo’s of the opening of Saoradh’s new office on the Antrim Road in Béal Feirste

A selection of photos from our succesful opening of Saoradh’s Revolutionary Hub at 123 Antrim Road today. Thank you to all who attended.

With many thanks to: Saoradh Béal Feirste for the original posting.

Seriously Ill Republican Prisoner ‘Ta’ McWilliams Force Strip-Searched For Hospital Visit

 

It is with grave concern that we wish to address the treatment of Republican prisoner Thomas ‘Ta’ McWilliams from Ardoyne.

Ta has been consistently subjected to mistreatment and abuse in relation to his health. In March 2014 Ta had a heart attack he visited the gaol doctor who failed to diagnose the heart attack and merely gave him paracetamol and an ENT spray. Ta’s potentially fatal heart attack went undiagnosed for 10 days before he was taken to an outside hospital. Medical staff were shocked at how he was treated, and on this occasion Ta had a stint put into his heart.

Despite the severity of the situation, Ta was handcuffed throughout his journeys to and from the hospital and whilst in the hospital. He was forcibly stripped searched twice by a team of Riot Screws.

Since this incident Ta has been taken to outside hospital on several occasions, and has been subjected to repeated handcuffing and forced-strip-searching procedures each time. In June 2015 Republican Prisoners released a statement highlighting the fact that Ta was taken to hospital where he was held in handcuffs for almost 24-hours and forcibly stripped twice.

This travesty has been repeated today, 17/07/2018. Ta was taken out to outside hospital this afternoon as recommended by the doctor, as he was taking heart palpitations and he felt he was having a heart attack. He was cuffed to a screw and accompanied by two others. At hospital he was fitted with numerous heart monitoring devices which have been kept on him to monitor his heart rate etc over the next 48 hrs.

On return to the gaol this evening he was stripped standing up as he was unfit to be laid on the floor. This was while continuing to wear heart monitoring equipment.

Although all objective bodies have called for an end to forced strip searching, the issue of forced stripping of those in ill health was raised by the Prisoner Ombudsman only weeks ago.

This behavior, including the presence of screws in medical consultations, is a flagrant violation of Human Rights. It cannot be ignored that this is occurring as we approach eight years since the signing of the August 2010 Agreement- 8 years after NIPS agreed to end strip searching. Such actions speak to the depravity of the Maghaberry administration and the six-county prison service as a whole.

With many thanks to: Saoradh Prisoner Department for the original posting.

East Belfast UVF attack Catholic homes in the Short Strand with blast bomb.

Local Saoradh activists are on the ground in the Short Strand, where the UVF have thrown a blast bomb into Clandeboye from the adjacent loyalist Cluan Place.

PSNI militiamen have insultingly remarked to residents that the “night will only get worse” for the besieged community.

We advise local residents to stay vigilant and alert in the face of this unprovoked State-sponsored loyalist aggression.

Saoradh members in North Belfast have been contacted by angry and alarmed parents attending Mercy College, after pupils appeared on social media attending British Army recruitment stalls at a nearby school’s Careers Day

In a status posted to Facebook, the young ladies are pictured being introduced to serving British soldiers as they seek to recruit working class youth to serve in Britain’s imperialist excursions across the globe.

This is particularly grotesque as Mercy College’s pupils are drawn from many families and communities who suffered the brunt of State Murder and Collusion, including the murder of local schoolchildren. This campaign of child killing and victim blaming was replicated across the Six Counties.

In addition, the British Army and MI5 have recently been guilty of ongoing assaults, raids and attacks on North Belfast residents on a regular basis. This includes a number of parents and siblings of Mercy College pupils.

Despite claims to the contrary, thousands of British soldiers remain here in the Six Counties, with an additional unknown number of MI5 operatives based at a £25million building in Palace Barracks.

Saoradh have advised these parents to contact Mercy College and demand that their children are not introduced to the British Army, nor used in public relations exercises that seek to normalise their ongoing occupation of Ireland. We will continue to support these parents and their children.

Any parents discovering or opposing their children attending similar events, or those involving other Crown Forces such as the PSNI, can contact Saoradh for advice via this Facebook page, any activist, via our Falls Road office by calling in Mon-Fri 11am-3pm or telephoning 02890 328644.

With many thanks to: Saoradh Béal Feirste

Saoradh Béal Feirste wish to highlight two recent approaches by British Security Forces seeking to recruit informants into their murky world of manipulation and self-interest

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In the first instance, Gerard Lagan a former Republican POW and the father of a Saoradh Dun Dealgan member was travelling home to Ardoyne in Belfast from North Louth on Saturday. At the Hillsborough roundabout he was blue-lighted by an unmarked car. Believing this was a continuation of Stop and Search harassment he has been enduring, he pulled in. After taking his licence from him, one militiamen identified himself as “intelligence”, stating that he wanted “to save lives” and that Gerard and him “could help each other”. He offered to meet him somewhere less obvious for “a cup of coffee”.

The Ardoyne man rightly refused to engage whatsoever, instead stating continually that he had nothing to say and repeatedly telling them to “fuck off.” He immediately contacted local Republicans on his return home, making them aware of this incident and logged it with his solicitor.

In the second such incident, which occurred this morning at 11.30am, a Saoradh member from Ardoyne was leaving the MOT Test Centre at Mallusk on the outskirts of Belfast when approached by two men in a black Vauxhall Insignia RFZ 6874. He immediately and continually told them to “fuck off” which meant they were unable to disclose which Crown Force they were harassing him on behalf of.

The men produced bundles of money, saying it amounted to £20,000, and directly asked him to work for them for financial gain. He then phoned his solicitor in their presence while still telling them he would never do any such thing and still telling them to “fuck off”.

Despite knowing he had a solicitor on the phone listening, they said they were within their right to harass him. They also made reference to two recent arrests of Saoradh members saying “your mates are getting it tight, you don’t want to end up like them.”

In the case of this Saoradh activist, this is the second such approach by Crown Forces. He has now been threatened with assassination, imprisonment and unemployment in attempts to coerce him into treachery. He is to be commended for his refusal to engage, and immediately contacted local Republicans with information on this unwanted encounter.

Anyone, Republican or otherwise, can be subject to such approaches. They are not an indicator of weakness in terms of the individual targetted, but are the result of Crown Force desperation to further infiltrate our communities. Anyone approached by any Crown Force/State Agency should immediately contact their local Saoradh representative and log the incident with their solicitor.

Locally here in the city, anyone encountered in such a fashion can also call into our Belfast office facing the Falls Road RVH office Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm where they will recieve non-judgemental help and advice.

With many thanks to: Saoradh Béal Feirste

More intimidation and arrests of Irish Republicans by the RUC/PSNI

In an early morning raid today, Saoradh Béal Feirste activist Alan Lundy was arrested and taken to Musgrave PSNI Barracks. This, coupled with the arrest of our National Chairperson Davy Jordan, amounts to a continuation of attacks on our membership by both the British Crown Forces and 26 County establishment.

These attacks are futile and will fail to achieve their objective of smashing the credible Republican alternative to the status quo that Saoradh provides.

We extend solidarity to both men and their families and look forward to their release and return to their respective communities.

With many thanks to: Saoradh Béal Feirste