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John Knocker murder suspect remanded in custody after being extradited to Northern Ireland

A 54-year-old man suspected of the 1998 murder of John Knocker has been remanded in custody after being extradited to Northern Ireland from the Republic on Tuesday.

Mr Knocker was shot dead at the Glengannon Hotel in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, on May 31, 1998.

Police have not named the suspect, who has an address in west Dublin. Originally from Belfast, he has fought a long legal battle over his extradition in connection with the murder on the grounds he would be at risk from both loyalist and republican paramilitaries. 

He was arrested on the foot of a bench warrant following a ruling by the High Court in Dublin on September 4 2015 to extradite him to Northern Ireland for trial on charges in connection with the murder of Mr Knocker.

He appeared before Dungannon Magistrates Court today and was remanded in custody until Wednesday 20th February 2019.

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