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Security aide meets Doherty family

The Government's independent security services adviser has met the family of a dissident republican shot dead in Londonderry.

Lord Carlile is examining allegations by the family of Kieran Doherty that secret service MI5 was involved in his death.

The Derry man was a member of the Real IRA and was murdered by the organisation in February.

His uncle, Vincent Coyle, said Lord Carlile was a man of integrity and would do what he could.

"The problem for us of course is that we would prefer an ombudsman, someone with larger teeth, but I have no doubt Lord Carlile will carry out the report and put it in front of the Secretary of State, and then go higher again," he said.

Doherty was found shot dead on a remote laneway outside Londonderry overlooking the River Foyle.

The Real IRA claimed responsibility for the murder and said the 31-year-old had been killed for his involvement in the drugs trade.

However, his family rejected the claim and said they believed members of the security services may have been involved in his murder.

In the months before he was killed, he told a local newspaper that MI5 had tried to recruit him as an agent.

The offer to meet the dead man's family was made in a letter to SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan, who has lobbied on their behalf. He welcomed the move but urged caution about the outcome of the investigation.

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