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Willie Frazer named as Johnny Adair's Ulster Resistance contact

Johnny Adair is interviewed for this week's episode of Spotlight on The Troubles: A Secret History. Picture by BBC

Former UDA commander Johnny Adair's contact in the Ulster Resistance movement was the late victims' campaigner Willie Frazer, a BBC documentary will tonight claim.

The latest episode of Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History examines how weapons were brought into Northern Ireland by the shadowy group via South Africa.

The documentary states that multiple sources confirmed Mr Frazer was "Ulster Resistance's key distributor of automatic rifles and rocket launchers".

The Co Armagh man was said to have become "involved with radical loyalists after his father and four other relatives were murdered by the IRA".

The South African guns were said to have been used to kill at least 70 people.


Ulster Resistance was launched at a rally in Belfast's Ulster Hall in 1986 in protest at the Anglo-Irish Agreement, with the late DUP leader Ian Paisley and his then deputy Peter Robinson along with Sammy Wilson appearing on the platform. Noel Little, father of current South Belfast MP Emma Little-Pengelly, was also linked.

Willie Frazer at the launch of the short-lived Protestant Coalition political party at La Mon Hotel outside Belfast. Picture by Pacemaker

The DUP leadership later disassociated themselves from the group as its paramilitary links emerged.

The programme also reveals new details about army agent Brian Nelson. It states that in 1985 he went to South Africa to source weapons for loyalists and later helped them target individuals for assassination in his role as the UDA’s senior intelligence officer.


Spotlight in The Troubles: A Secret History is on BBC One NI tonight at 9pm

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