Shoukri out before end of summer…

BACK in Belfast after a few days away, and I see my prediction that Ihab Shoukri wouldn’t be spending much time behind bars proved unsurprisingly accurate. The terrorist was sentenced to 15 months for UDA membership, which, according to the Irish News, means with time already served on remand, he’ll be out in two months. It was reported that the Public Prosecution Service was “asked to carry out an urgent review of the sentence with the prospect of an appeal to the attorney general. If successful the Court of Appeal would be asked to increase Shoukri’s sentence”. Sounds optimistic. BBC video here.

  • Different Drummer

    Maybe I’m not amazed.

  • greener fields

    Frankly, I’m surprised he got any time at all. These behind closed doors procedures make you wonder how many loyalists are on the payroll of the intelligence services.

  • picador

    I’m sure the PPS will do their best to put this goon away for a long stretch. Ha! Is anyone naive enough to believe that? GUBU is the norm in this rotten borough. The British state is corrupt to the core.

  • USA

    Sorry if i’m stating the obvious but the loyalist paramilitaries were penetrated to such an extent they were often used to carry out asassinations on behalf of the state. In South America these types of organisations are known as death squads.

  • ulsterfan

    USA

    SF/IRA were penetrated at all levels by security services and to that extent they are similar to loyalist terrorists.

  • DK

    And not just by the UK security services. I’ll bet that other security agencies (KGB/CIA – it was the cold war after all) were involved too.

  • Comrade Stalin

    This actually underscores the need for devolution of policing and justice powers. A local justice minister has the authority to establish sentencing guidelines and I’d assume that the judge would not be able to make unilateral assumptions about the political process.

  • Different Drummer

    Well I suppose the DPP and the PSNI consider this an improvement on their usual approach violent Loyalists.

    Err sorry M’lawd we lost the papers and now we have no case so you will have to forget about prosecuting those who have been shooting/chucking rocks/wielding swords/throwing blast bombs/ and shooting at us,

    Now come the 12th it will be show time again for Mr S and his mates.

    It’s a farce.

  • humperdink

    The fact that both Shoukris have been arrested charged and sentenced to prison time would seem to indicate that they are NOT favoured by the powers that be, rather than the opposite.

    The real question that everyone is avoiding is why, if belonging to the UDA is an offence, none of the media-feted spokesmen for the UDA have been charged with anything.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    humperdink: “The fact that both Shoukris have been arrested charged and sentenced to prison time would seem to indicate that they are NOT favoured by the powers that be, rather than the opposite.”

    Blue smoke and mirrors… The Shoukris had the bad manners to overreach and needed their hands slapped… and that’s exactly what they got — their hands slapped.

    humperdink: “The real question that everyone is avoiding is why, if belonging to the UDA is an offence, none of the media-feted spokesmen for the UDA have been charged with anything.”

    Manners… they’re at least paying lip service to the script, limiting their activities, in the main, to one another. The PTB like as not doesn’t really give a fig if the UDA limits its activities to intramurals, so long as they smile into the camera and say all the right things.