Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Orange Order and murder

There is a killer in the Orange Order:

The father of a UVF murder victim has accused the Orange Order of refusing to take action against one of its members who he claims murdered his son.

John Allen, whose son, also John, was shot dead by the UVF in Ballyclare, Co Antrim in November 2003, says the identity of the murderers are well known in the local community.

Mr Allen also passed on details of his son’s killers to Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern in February 2004, but says they have never responded to him.

He claims that the UVF’s leader in Ballyclare is a member of the Orange Order, but has not been suspended despite the allegations.

He accused the Orange Order of not being concerned with justice for Protestant victims of loyalist paramilitaries.

“I was a member of the Orange Order for 30 years but I left after this,” Mr Allen said.

“Everyone in the town knows that John’s killer is a member of the Order. I told them this but he is still marching around as brazen as ever.

“I want to know why he is still in the Orange Order when I have passed on this information to them. It is a disgrace.

“When I gave them the information they didn’t want to know. I ended up leaving because of it.

“It is completely hypocritical of them to claim to want justice for certain murders when they are allowing the man who ordered the killing of my son to remain in their movement,” he said.

John Allen Jr (31) was shot twice in the head at the flat he shared with his brother in Ballyclare.

No one has ever been charged in connection with the murder.

A spokeswoman for the Orange Order confirmed the allegation had been investigated but the man in question had not been suspended and was still a member.

“We investigated the matter and passed our information on to the PSNI but we are still awaiting the results of that and the person in the allegations has not been suspended,” she said.

John Allen says his son was murdered for standing up to the UVF who, he says, terrorise anyone who crosses them.

“The UVF run Ballyclare. They are involved in all sorts of criminality and have murdered other people besides my son. But no one has ever been charged with any of the murders.

“If my family had got the same support as the McCartney family maybe we could have got justice for our son’s killers.”

A PSNI spokeswoman confirmed that no one has been charged in connection with the murder.

More evidence of how the murder of Robert McCartney is being used to serve a pro-British political agenda. I doubt very much that Mr. Allen will be invited to the White House anytime soon unlike the McCartney sisters.


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