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Bailed loyalist supergrass now in hiding

A former loyalist charged with murder has been granted bail — on condition he keeps his whereabouts secret.

Gary Haggarty has been held on remand at Maghaberry Prison since agreeing to testify against former associates in return for a lighter sentence.

The 40-year-old from north Belfast is charged with killing taxi driver William Harbinson in May 1997. He is also accused of eight other offences, including directing terrorism, UVF membership, conspiracy to murder and firearms and explosives offences.

Charges were brought against him following a new investigation by detectives from the Historical Enquiries Team.

In January 2010 he agreed to become an assisting offender under the terms of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.

Haggarty's lawyers successfully applied for bail during a brief hearing at Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday.

No details were disclosed of where he will live, and a series of conditions and restrictions were imposed on him.

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These include not providing any information that could lead to the disclosure of his location or ongoing arrangements.

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