23/03/2009

Police Granted More Time Over Dissident Murder Probes

A further extension has been granted to the police investigating three dissident republican murders in Northern Ireland.

The detectives have been granted a further seven days to question the suspects.

A man and a woman are among those being held over the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll (pictured) in Co Armagh, as claimed by the Continuity IRA.

Detectives have also been granted more time to question four people over the murder of two soldiers in Antrim.

Days after the funerals of both Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, - who were shot dead outside Massereene Army barracks two weeks ago - a total of four people remain in police custody over those murders.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP today repeated his party's call for those currently being detained by the PSNI for periods beyond human rights best practice to be either charged or released.

"There are currently a number of people, including a 17-year-old juvenile, being detained by the PSNI for periods extending beyond human rights best practice.

"This is not acceptable. They should either be charged now or released," he said.

See: Second Masserene Soldier Buried

(BMcC/JM)

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