In Northern Ireland, two more men have been charged in the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in 2019, and McKee was shot to death when she stood next to a police car in Londonderry while reporting on riots in the city. In 2020, a 53-year-old man was charged with the murder. His lawsuit hasnt been finalized yet.
The New IRA, a split from the banned paramilitary organization IRA, confessed that members had fired the bullets. They were intended for the police, described by the New IRA as “enemy troops”. The New IRA strives for independence from Britain and a reunion with Ireland.
The suspects now charged are 21 and 33 years old. In addition to murder, they are charged with possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as causing riots and possession and throwing petrol bombs and arson.
The 2019 riots emerged in the run-up to the EU-UK Brexit Agreement. The border between Ireland and Northern Ireland threatened to close, which would have been indispensable for Catholic Northern Irish seeking reunification with Ireland.
The suspects are being brought to Londonderry Court via video link today.