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Man suspected of 1998 murder is extradited from Republic

By Staff Reporter

A 54-year-old man suspected of a murder over 20 years ago has been remanded in custody after being extradited from the Republic on Tuesday.

John Knocker was shot dead at the Glengannon Hotel in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, on May 31, 1998. Police did not name 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 yesterday and was remanded in custody until February 20.

Detective Chief Inspector Talbot, from the PSNI's Terrorism Investigation Unit said yesterday: "We are committed to bringing the person responsible for John's murder to justice."

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