21 January 2006

McKevitts clarify conviction period

Daily Ireland


The relatives of Michael McKevitt, who was convicted of directing the Real IRA, have told Daily Ireland that the 55-year-old’s conviction did not cover the time of the Omagh bombing.
The clarification followed a story in Thursday’s Daily Ireland in which we revealed that relatives of the Omagh bombing victims were seeking a meeting with the head of MI5.
In a statement released to Daily Ireland, the McKevitt and Sands families said: “It was reported in Daily Ireland (Thursday, January 19 edition) that Michael McKevitt was ‘convicted of directing terrorism at the time of Omagh’. This is factually inaccurate.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time the media have carried false and misleading reports about Michael. Therefore we feel it is necessary for us to clarify. The period that Michael was convicted of was September 1999 to October 2000 — over a year later than the date of the bombing.”

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