Kevin Crilly from Jonesborough, County Armagh appeared at Newry Magistrates Court today to be charged with the murder of British Army Captain Robert Nairac, the undercover operative whose final assignment led to a bar in Drumintee on the night of May 14th 1977. Nairac was captured and subsequently killed by members of the IRA's South Armagh Brigade. A number of men were later convicted in relation to his disappearance.
Kevin Crilly, who recently returned to Ireland after some years in the United States, had previously faced lesser charges but these have now been substituted with a murder charge. If convicted Crilly would be eligible for release under the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement. He was released on continuing bail.
Many questions surround the life and death of Captain Robert Nairac, foremost among them the whereabouts of his remains, which have not to date been recovered. As a search gets underway for the remains of Crossmaglen man Gerry Evans, who disappeared in 1979, is it too much to ask that mercy be shown the family of Robert Nairac?