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Murder bid republican wants freed by Queen

A former IRA man jailed for the attempted murder of an off-duty UDR soldier 30 years ago should be freed under a special pardon granted by the Queen, the High Court has heard.

Lawyers for Gerry McGeough have launched judicial review proceedings in a bid to obtain a Royal Prerogative of Mercy.

The 52-year-old, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, is serving a 20-year sentence imposed earlier this year for shooting Samuel Brush.

Mr Brush, who worked as a postman at the time, was making a delivery near Aughnacloy when he was attacked in June 1981.

McGeough was convicted of his attempted murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition, and IRA membership.

His counsel said he should be granted a pardon to ensure equal treatment with convicted terrorists who have benefited from it.

It was claimed that it would be unlawful to draw a distinction because McGeough was previously jailed abroad.

He was held for four years in German prisons for alleged attacks against the British Army in Europe during the 1980s and was later extradited to the US and jailed for three years in connection with weapons offences.

Under the Good Friday Agreement he is due to be released in two years' time.

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