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Enniskillen bomb: Did suspect receive letter of comfort, asks MP Hoey

By Sean O'Driscoll

A Labour MP is tabling a motion to find out if the chief suspect in the Enniskillen bomb has been given a letter of comfort to prevent his prosecution.

Kate Hoey, originally from Antrim, is tabling a separate question to discover if an arrest warrant for the man is still valid.

Ms Hoey's questions will be tabled to Secretary of State James Brokenshire, as the Northern Ireland Office was responsible for issuing letters effectively granting an amnesty to 200 IRA on-the-run suspects.

The man, now living in New York, is suspected of transporting the bomb to its target the day before the ceremony in Enniskillen in 1987.

The bomb killed 11 people who had gathered at the town's Cenotaph for the annual Remembrance service.

The NIO has never clarified if the man received a letter of comfort that would allow him to return to Northern Ireland without fear of prosecution.

"I find it extraordinary that we still don't know who was given these letters of comfort. We should at least know the man's status," Ms Hoey said.

The PSNI said that it would not comment on whether an arrest warrant is still in existence.

"We do not comment on named individuals, and no inference should be drawn from this," it said.

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