Sunday 26 March 2017

RTE interview with Michaella McCollum: The unanswered questions

McCollum is interviewed on RTÉ. Photo: RTÉ
McCollum is interviewed on RTÉ. Photo: RTÉ
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Members of the public have hit out at the soft soap RTÉ interview with convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum which focused more on her hairstyle than the drug gang she worked for.

Here we pose the significant questions that were never even put to the Tyrone woman during the interview.

1. Have you ever taken drugs?

2. You said you were not sober when you were leaving Ibiza. Was this because you were drinking or were you taking drugs?

Michaella McCollum in the back of a taxi in Lima. Photo: Mark Condren
Michaella McCollum in the back of a taxi in Lima. Photo: Mark Condren

4. Had you ever been involved in the sale of drugs?

5. Was this the first time you attempted to transport drugs?

6. In your two weeks in Peru - before you were due to leave - how much did you speak about transporting the drugs?

7. How much were you offered to transport drugs to Spain?

Michaella McCollum has said that she was a naive young woman when caught smuggling cocaine out of Peru. Photo: AP Photo/Karel Navarro
Michaella McCollum has said that she was a naive young woman when caught smuggling cocaine out of Peru. Photo: AP Photo/Karel Navarro

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8. Did you receive any of that money in advance? If yes, what did/will you do with it?

9. You said that you left Belfast for sectarian reasons. What were these reasons?

10. You were planning on returning home after two months in Ibiza; so, how serious were these sectarian concerns?

11. When your phone was confiscated by the people you were with, why did you not run to the police?

12. You put your hair in a bun because you were left with no facilities to wash yourself and were aware of how you looked in the media. If you were so aware of how you were presenting yourself to the media, is it possible to believe that you only attempted to transport the drugs because you were naïve?

13. You said you knew you would be arrested, so, why do it?

14. Who gave you the drugs?

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15. Have they contacted you since you were arrested?

16. Will you speak to them again?

17. Who told you how to act and speak to the police if you were stopped with the drugs?

18. Who physically put the drugs in your luggage?

19. Have you been in touch with Melissa Reid?

20. When is the last time you spoke to her?

21. Do you consider her to be a friend?

22. Will you make an attempt to see her again?

23. What were you hoping to achieve by transporting the drugs to Spain? Why do it?

Irish Independent

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