Saturday 17 March 2018

New arrest over murder of ex-IRA member Kevin McGuigan

The scene of Kevin McGuigan's murder
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Detectives investigating the murder of Kevin McGuigan have arrested a 41-year-old man in east Belfast.

The 53-year-old father-of-nine was shot dead in the Short Strand at his home in Comber Court on Wednesday, August 12.

The 41-year-old's arrest is the 12th in the murder investigation into the killing of the former IRA member.

Detective Chief Inspector John McVea said: "The suspect has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim Police Station for questioning."

The PSNI believes individual Provisional IRA veterans murdered McGuigan in retaliation for the murder of former Belfast IRA commander Gerard “Jock” Davison in May near the city centre.

But PSNI chief constable George Hamilton has stressed that the IRA leadership did not sanction the McGuigan killing.

The possible involvement of ther Provional IRA in the killing of McGuigan has led to the Ulster Unionist party withdrawing from the five-party power-sharing executive at Stormont.

The UUP claims the role of PIRA veterans in the McGuigan murder was a clear breach of faith between republicans and unionists, with the promise back in 2005 that the IRA would no longer exist as a military force broken.

Twelve people have been arrested and questioned in relation to the McGuigan murder but only one has been charged with possessing a Glock automatic pistol at his home in west Belfast.

No one has been directly charged with murdering the 53-year-old one-time IRA prisoner.

Belfast Telegraph

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