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Ex-IRA man Anthony McIntyre takes Boston College tapes case to Supreme Court

Anthony McIntyre
Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA member Anthony McIntyre has been granted a Supreme Court hearing in a last chance bid to stop police getting secret recordings about his role during the Troubles.

Mr McIntyre gave interviews to the oral history project known as the Boston tapes about his role in the IRA during the Troubles.

The hearing in October will seek to overturn a ruling last year that would give the PSNI access to the recordings which have already been transported from the United States to Belfast.

Mr McIntyre has argued police should not be allowed the recordings due to mistakes in an International Letter of Request, which set out a list of alleged offences that detectives are investigating.

"We welcome the decision of the UK Supreme Court to allow us to be heard on the issues critical to Mr McIntyre's case," his solicitor Gavin Booth told the BBC.

The former paramilitary became involved with the Boston College project in 2001 as one of the main researchers.

He is among dozens of ex-paramilitaries who gave interviews about their role during the Northern Ireland conflict.

The participants understood their accounts would remain confidential while they are alive.

However, the PSNI later secured transcripts given by former IRA woman Dolours Price and loyalist Winston Rea.

Police have been seeking Mr McIntyre's interviews for several years.

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