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Man arrested in Northern Ireland over 1985 political assassination

By Jonathan Bell

A man has been arrested in Northern Ireland over the assassination of an exiled Seychelles political leader in London in 1985.

Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command arrested the 77-year-old man in connection with the investigation into the murder of Gerard Hoarau in Edgware.

The man was arrested by the PSNI at around 10am at an address in Antrim on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. He was detained under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act and transported to a south London police station for questioning.

Officers are also searching an address in Antrim.

On 29 November 1985, Mr Hoarau was shot a number of times with a Sterling sub-machine gun while he was on the doorstep of his home on Greencourt Avenue.

He was the opposition leader in the Seychelles and had been described at the time as "political enemy number one". At the time of the attack blame was directed at his political rivals and came during a time great turmoil in the country with many public officials disappearing in suspicious circumstances or being killed. Reports at the time said he was likely killed by a hit man for hire.

Detectives previously arrested a number of individuals in connection with the investigation but no-one was charged with murder. Three people were convicted in 1986 for perverting the course of justice in relation to the investigation.

A review of the investigation was initiated in 2016 from which fresh lines of enquiry were established, leading to Thursday’s arrest, the Met Police said.

The man arrested today has not been previously arrested as part of this investigation.

Anyone with information in relation to the murder of Mr Hoarau should contact the investigation team at EdgwareMurderAppeal@met.police.uk. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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