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Kevin McGuigan murder: Bobby Storey, Eddie Copeland and Brian Gillen released unconditionally

Bobby Storey 'to sue over unlawful arrest'

Published 10/09/2015

Sinn Fein member Bobby Storey is pictured leaving Antrim PSNI station on Wednesday evening. Photo: Brian Little / Press Eye.
Sinn Fein member Bobby Storey is pictured leaving Antrim PSNI station on Wednesday evening. Photo: Brian Little / Press Eye.
Sinn Fein member Bobby Storey is pictured leaving Antrim PSNI station on Wednesday evening. Photo: Brian Little / Press Eye.
Senior republican Bobby Storey has been released
President of Sinn Fein Gerry Adams is flanked by Bobby Storey at a funeral in west Belfast in March 2008
Police remove material from Bobby Storey’s house

The PSNI said that senior republican Bobby Storey, who was arrested on Wednesday morning in connection with the murder of former IRA man Kevin McGuigan Sr, has been released.

Mr Storey is northern chairman of Sinn Fein and was one of three well-known republicans detained on Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting of mr McGuigan in Belfast last month which has brought the power-sharing institutions in Northern Ireland to the brink of collapse.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams welcomed Mr Storey's release.

"The unconditional release of Bobby Storey underlines the contrived nature of the current crisis in the political institutions in the North," he said.

"I want to reiterate my grave concern about the nature in which the murder of two men has been exploited and also at the way the current difficulties have developed in the last few weeks, including the arrest of Bobby Storey."

Two other prominent republicans, Brian Gillen and Eddie Copeland, were also released unconditionally on Thursday.

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Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Mr Storey was a key advocate of peace.

Mr McGuinness tweeted ahead of Mr Storey’s release, saying that he had "confidently predicted" the release.

Mr Storey's lawyer John Finucane also tweeted, saying his client would be suing for “unlawful arrest”.

Mr McGuigan, a 53-year-old father-of-nine, was gunned down outside his home at Comber Court in the Short Strand area of east Belfast last month.

He was suspected by some in the republican movement of involvement in the Davison murder.

Although detectives said individual IRA members were involved in the shooting, they have said there is no evidence to suggest it was sanctioned at a senior level.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Constable George Hamilton has also said the IRA is not engaged in terrorism but instead is pursuing a peaceful, political republican agenda.

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