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Police investigating death of Kevin McGuigan arrest man

Sam Griffin

Published 25/08/2015 | 15:51

Kevin McGuigan
Kevin McGuigan

Police in the north investigating the death of former IRA man Kevin McGuigan have arrested a 47-year-old man in Belfast.

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The PSNI said the man has been taken to the force’s serious crime suite following his arrest earlier today.

Kevin McGuigan was shot dead outside his home in east Belfast earlier this month.

Investigating officers caused shock when they said they believed the former Provisional IRA man was killed by individuals with links to the movement and said the IRA was still in existence in the north.

The man is the eleventh person to be arrested in connection with the investigation though no one has been charged in relation to the death.

PSNI chief constable George Hamilton told a press conference last week that the force did not suspect the killing was ordered by senior command within the IRA.

However his confirmation the illegal movement still existed has heaped huge pressure on Sinn Fein and the North’s power sharing government.

The Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers has said she agrees with chief constable Hamilton’s remarks that the IRA still exists while Tánaiste Joan Burton said the revelations posed an insidious threat to the peace process.

Unionist parties have said there must be “no fudging” in the response to Kevin McGuigan’s violent killing.

The remarks by the PSNI have been rejecetd by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams.

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