The PSNI have confirmed that they are now investigating allegations made last week on Unionist Voice in relation to the exploitation of the Roma community in south Belfast, despite the Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O’Muilleoir claiming that there were no live investigations, and threatening to issue legal proceedings against Unionist Voice for publishing the article. To date no proceedings have been issued by the Sinn Fein MLA.
However, a legal letter has been sent by McGlaughlin and Company solicitors threatening an injunction unless Unionist Voice gives an undertaking to desist from exposing the activities of Nicolae Nicola and removes all previous articles.
In response Unionist Voice has republished both articles as part of our ‘Dark Money Coalition’ series which is looking at the politically motivated exploitation of the Romanian community by Nicolae Nicola and Mairtin O’Muilleoir.
Unionist Voice also recently exposed the fact that the Belfast Trust and the Executive Office (formerly OFMDFM) had withdrawn funding from an organisation known as the Romanian Roma Community Association (RRCA) , due to concerns over financial mismanagement and threats made to trust staff by Romanian gang-master Nicolae Nicola, who it is believed fled to Romania in the wake of Unionist Voice exposing his criminal empire.
Also entwined within the scandal is the Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group (LORAG). The organisation is a Sinn Fein front group operating within the community sector, with a number of board members also prominent Sinn Fein activists, including Gerard Rice.
LORAG had been funded to manage funds for RRCA, after the group had previously had funding withdrawn due to mismanagement. Instead LORAG colluded with RRCA on a number of ‘scams’, and as a result of this their funding was also stopped. This decision was appealed by LORAG with the support of Mairtin O’Muilleoir, but the appeal was rejected.
On Wednesday Unionist Voice reported that the PSNI had visited a number of Romanian families in south Belfast to make enquiries in relation to RRCA, and specifically Nicolae Nicola. The Irish News have today carried a story confirming that the PSNI are now investigating “possible wrongdoing”, despite initially saying they were not.
A female member of Belfast Trust staff had previously made a statement to the PSNI in relation to intimidation she had faced from Nicolae Nicola, but due to intimidation of a key witness, this complaint could not be progressed. The PSNI provided the female with a personal alarm and the Health Improvement team of Belfast Trust are still dealing with the matter as the staff member remains off sick due to the stress and trauma she was put through because of Nicolae Nicola’s intimidation.
Despite numerous statutory agencies and others making clear to Mairtin O’Mullieor that RRCA was exploiting the Roma Romanian community, the arrogant owner of Belfast Media Group refused to heed their calls, and instead doubled down on his support for Nicolae Nicola and RRCA.
The Sinn Fein MLA is on the verge of a major scandal, with revelations also coming to light that he paid rent to the City Church as well as purchasing 300 chairs and a sound system in exchange for the Nicolae Nicola and LORAG ensuring Romanians, many of whom cannot speak English, voted for O’Muilleoir.
Mr O’Muilleoir used ‘dark money’ to essentially buy the votes of the Roma community and it is understood that a number of politicians and members of the community sector are currently drafting a substantial complaint to the electoral commission in regards to this specific part of the growing scandal.
Mairtin O’Muilleoir boasted of having a ‘Rainbow coalition’ in south Belfast, after previously telling the BBC “you have to chase the Bangledeshi vote, the Muslim vote, the Roma vote”. Little did anyone know of the snake-oil salesman tactics deployed by O’Muilleoir, in order to build his so-called ‘Rainbow coalition’.
It seems Mr ‘Brightside of the road’ is in fact inhabiting the dark side of the road with allegations of cash for votes and propping up a Romanian gang-master exploiting a vulnerable community in south Belfast, gathering steam.
Unionist Voice stands over all allegations made on this site in relation to this story and continues to look forward to a writ being issued by Mairtin O’Muilleoir, as he publicly promised.
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