Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Blackmail Plot Used IRA's Name to Demand [Pounds Sterling]120,000'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Blackmail Plot Used IRA's Name to Demand [Pounds Sterling]120,000'

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Byline: PAUL CHESTON

TWO former IRA prisoners tried to blackmail a pair of businessmen in Britain they accused of making [pounds sterling]6 million by using the terror organisation's name during their dealings, a court was told today.

The two businessmen were accused of benefiting from "the name of the IRA" and told to pay [pounds sterling]120,000 compensation, the prosecution said. They suffered menacing phone calls and received letters signed P O'Neil the IRA's signature and nom de guerre.

One of the businessmen neither of whom can be named for legal reasons had strong Sinn Fein links and provided logistical support for republican leaders negotiating with the British Government in the late Nineties.

In the Southwark crown court dock is Ronald McCartney, 55, who was jailed in 1976 for attempting to murder policemen in Britain, possessing firearms and plotting to cause explosions.

Alongside him is Nicholas Mullen, who was sentenced to 30 years in 1990 for conspiracy to cause explosions. …

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