“under the auspices of a paramilitary organisation…”

According to a BBC report, and a UTV report, “a solicitor” has told Belfast Magistrates Court that a 18-year-old returned, “under the auspices of a paramilitary organisation”, three laptop computers he had stolen from the Bridge of Hope shop on 7th and 8th September and that he has subsequently confessed to the offences.

Hmm..  I hope it wasn’t the defence solicitor.  It’s hardly in the interest of the client to argue that he was acting under duress…

Then there’s the question of which “paramilitary organisation”, and what threats they issued to ensure compliance.

But, at the minute, PR seems to be at the forefront of the thinking of any number of paramilitary organisations…

Maybe they have those opinion polls in mind?

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