03/11/2009

Dissident Detained Leaving English Jail

An alleged police informer jailed for handling republican terrorist explosives has been arrested while leaving an English prison.

Dissident Paddy Murray is being detained by PSNI detectives, with the support of English forces.

The 47-year-old former IRA prisoner was handed a 25-year sentence in 1994 for possession of explosives.

He was released in 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Murray was later returned to prison after being convicted of a kidnap and assault in Antrim.
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He only served one month of the four-year sentence in Maghaberry Prison before being switched to a facility in England.

The move was prompted by allegations Murray had worked as a security force informer.

Northern Ireland police officers made their arrest as he left jail today.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "A 47-year-old man has been arrested in relation to serious crime in Northern Ireland.

"He was arrested in England by detectives from the PSNI working in association with English police. He is being questioned in England."

(PR/BMcc)

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