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Northern Ireland. Jeffrey Donaldson faces charges. “A devastating discovery”

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Decision to arrest Jeffrey Donaldson shocked all of Northern Ireland – writes the BBC. Member of the House of Commons and boss Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – the largest party in the region – was accused of sexual crimes that allegedly occurred in the past.

Apart from politics, there is also involvement in the case a woman who was accused of aiding and abetting. They were both charged on Thursday evening.

The party issued a special statement in which it announced that its leader he resigned from his position with immediate effect, and Gavin Robinson became the new leader. Donaldson – in accordance with the regulations – was also suspended as a member of the group. At the same time, he maintains that he will “He firmly denied the allegations.”

Northern Ireland. Jeffrey Donaldson arrested. The leader of the largest party was charged

The interim leader of the DUP announced that the news about the accusations against his predecessor was “a devastating discovery”. – It triggered it huge shock not only for me personally, but also for my DUP colleagues and society throughout Northern Ireland – he said, quoted by the BBC.

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He added that the party's board learned about the allegations for the first time on the night from Thursday to Friday.

On Friday morning, a police statement was published. The services did not reveal the identities of the detainees – only that they were the accused are a 61-year-old and a 57-year-old, and the content of the allegations was repeated. However, it was confirmed that they were both They will appear in court on Wednesday, April 24 in the town of Newry in the south of the country.

British media report that they most likely reported the case two anonymous womenand the investigation was to continue the last few months.

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“Jeffrey Donaldson was at the peak of his abilities, but now it seems his political career came to an end. There is chaos in the party, and Gavin Robinson will try to somehow calm down the party members, shocked by the allegations brought against the former leader,” we read in the BBC.

Donaldson was the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party from 2021and also a member of the House of Commons from the longest experience from among all representatives from Northern Ireland – he holds his mandate uninterruptedly since 1997. Moreover, since 2016, he has been awarded by the Queen for his services Elizabeth IItitle of nobility.

As the BBC points out, after the appearance “political bomb”all social media politics have disappeared from the Internet.

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