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Police hunting Belfast 'IRA man' who disappeared before standing trial for child abuse

The man fled two days before his trial was due to begin.
The man fled two days before his trial was due to begin.

The gardai and interpol are looking for man who disappeared shortly before he was due to stand trial for child sex abuse in 2017.

It is understood that the man, who is from Belfast, was a leading member of the IRA.

The BBC has reported that security forces believe the man was a major figure in the IRA's Southern Command.

He cannot be named for legal reasons, but was extradited from Spain in 2016 to face four charges.

The man was granted bail, despite police objections, and was required to sign-on every day at a Dublin garda station.

He fled the country two days before the start of his trial in June 2017.

The man is believed to have moved to Spain after the IRA's 1996 murder of Detective Jerry McCabe at Adare in Co Limerick.

His alleged victim told gardai that she was sexually assaulted by the man on four occasions in the early 1990s when she was a girl. The man was known to her. 

It is understood that gardai were unable to publicise the man's disappearance because of the nature of the charges he was facing.

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