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‘No evidence’ PSNI reveals details about Denis Donaldson before he was killed

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There is no evidence that the police have released information about the whereabouts of a former Sinn Féin member, who was revealed to be an informant before he was murdered, a watchdog report said.

enis Donaldson was shot to death at a small home in Donegal in April 2006, a murder declared by the Real IRA.

Northern Ireland Police Inspector Marie Anderson found the PSNI did not seek to involve members of Mr Donaldson’s family in his murder, and said that rather than obstructing the investigation into his murder, PSNI has provided “a high level of cooperation and support”.

However, she said the PSNI should have conducted a further risk assessment of any potential threat to Mr Donaldson’s life after publishing a media article containing the photos. outside his remote home just over two weeks before he was murdered.

Anderson’s report addresses police activities before and after the murder.

On March 17, 2002, sensitive information was stolen in a burglary at Castlereagh police station and police discovered The IRA was responsible.

After the documents were recovered from Donaldson’s home, he, along with three others, was charged with possession of material that could be used by terrorists.

Charges against one of the four were withdrawn at the end of 2003, and the case against the others was withdrawn by the Public Prosecution Service of the North in November 2005.

On December 10, 2005, police sent a threatening message to Mr. Donaldson, stating that “members of the media believe Denis Donaldson is an informant”.

Report said out of concern for him, urgent PSNI met on December 14, resulting in police resources being put at the ready.

Two days later, Gerry Adams, then president of Sinn Féin, held a press conference in which he announced that Mr. Donaldson had been fired from the party after admitting to being an informant.

Mr Donaldson released a statement the same day, saying he had “worked for the British Intelligence Service and the RUC/PSNI Special Branch” since the 1980s.

He then moved into a cottage near Glenties, Co Donegal, where he was murdered.

Mr. Donaldson’s family expressed a number of concerns about the police’s actions, including the allegation that the threatening message sent to him on December 10, 2005 was “bogus”. because that’s the truth that the media is intending to expose him.

The family alleges police failed to perform a risk assessment before releasing the message.

However, Ms. Anderson said the threat message was based on “credible information from a trusted source”.

Another concern expressed by Mr. Donaldson’s family is that, after he moved to Donegal, the police released information about his whereabouts to a number of people, including journalists.

On March 19, 2006, a newspaper story described the cottage in which he lived.

Ms. Anderson said her investigation found no evidence that police leaked information about Mr. Donaldson’s whereabouts.

However, she said the release of information about where he was living should have prompted police to conduct further assessment to identify any risks he might be in.

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