first_imgA Donegal man accused of killing four British soldiers in the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bomb in London has been given conditional bail.John Anthony Downey is charged with the murders of Roy John Bright, Dennis Richard, Anthony Daly, Simon Andrew Tipper and Geoffrey Vernon Young.The four Household Cavalry members were killed as they rode through the London park to Buckingham Palace. His trial date has been put back to 14 January 2014, the Old Bailey heard.Community worker Mr Downey, who is 61 and from Ards, Creeslough, was arrested at Gatwick Airport in May causing a storm of protest from republicans.West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the decision to grant John Downey bail.“The decision today to grant bail to John Downey is the right one. He should never have been arrested in the first place.”“John Downey is a member of Sinn Féin and a long-time supporter of the Peace Process. The decision to arrest and charge him in relation to IRA activities in the early 1980s is vindictive, unnecessary and unhelpful.”“It is very clear following the Weston Park negotiations that the British Government committed itself to resolving the position of ‘On the Runs’. John Downey subsequently received correspondence in 2007 stating that he was not wanted by the PSNI or any British police force.”“Going beyond the bail that was granted today, John Downey should be released unconditionally and allowed to return home to his family.”“Sinn Féin will continue to support John and his family at this time.”JOHN DOWNEY GIVEN BAIL AT LONDON COURT was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JOHN DOWNEY GIVEN BAIL AT LONDON COURTlast_img

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