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PASTOR FACES DEATH THREAT.

Byline: JAMES HARPER

A ROLY poly pastor, awaiting trial on explosive charges, has been sentenced to death by dissident loyalists.

The Orange Volunteers have vowed to kill Clifford Peeples for allegedly orchestrating a "black propaganda" campaign against the proscribed terror group.

The decision to pass the death sentence against 31-year-old from Belfast's Woodvale Road, was taken within the last fortnight by the OV's ruling executive council.

At the same meeting, it also ordered two other men, Stuart Wilson from Glenavy and Alan Lynn from Antrim's Steeple's estate, to be killed.

Informed loyalist sources claimed all three had ignored previous warnings to "desist from propagating a deliberate campaign of misinformation against the Orange Volunteers and its leadership''.

The source said firebrand preacher Peeples had been singled out after dissident loyalists became aware of his "activities" within Maghaberry jail where he has been on remand for over a year.

"The Orange Volunteers believe Peeples is deliberately seeding dissent within loyalism", said the source.

"He has received three or four warnings to stop orchestrating a campaign of misinformation against the Orange Volunteer leadership from within Maghaberry prison.

"He chose to ignore those warnings. So too did Wilson and Stuart. That is the reason behind the death sentences.''

The source said serious questions were now being asked within loyalist circles as to why Peeples had not yet been brought to trial on the explosives charges.

The married man, who ran a mission hall in north Belfast, was arrested and charged last October with 34-year-old James McGookin-Fisher with possession of two RGD5 grenades and a pipe-bomb with intent to endanger life. Both denied the charges.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2000
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