05/08/2005

Four released pending enquiries in GAA murder case

Four people arrested in connection with the murder of a GAA man in Co Londonderry in 1997 had been released pending further inquiries.

Sean Brown, 61, was shot dead after being abducted by the LVF on May 12th 1997 as he left his local GAA club in Bellaghy. His body was later found with his burnt out car near Randalstown.

The two men and two women, aged 31, 39, 44, and 45, were arrested during a series of police operations on Wednesday and Thursday. All four are originally from Northern Ireland.

Last month, a number of people were arrested by police in connection with their inquiries into the murder.

In June, detectives investigating Mr Brown's murder renewed an appeal for information about his death on BBC programme 'Crimewatch'.

The programme featured appeals by Church of Ireland Archbishop, Robin Eames and Noble Laureate poet Seamus Heaney, originally from Bellaghy and a friend of the Brown family.

(MB/SP)

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