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Provisional IRA gunrunning from Florida to be re-investigated by PSNI

By Claire Cromie

Police are to re-investigate Provisional IRA gunrunning from Florida.

The PSNI has issued a statement, which says detectives will examine existing evidence of gunrunning together with "any potential new evidence that has come to light in the last few days".

The announcement follows DUP minister Arlene Foster's call on police to reveal if they were aware of claims that a senior member of Sinn Féin was involved in buying and smuggling weapons from America.

The accusation was made by American gunrunner Mike Logan, who claims senior Sinn Fein strategist Sean 'Spike' Murray ordered the guns during the peace process.

In a BBC NI Spotlight programme aired on Tuesday night, Mr Logan said Mr Murray had been his main contact in Belfast, ordering hundreds of guns over a five-year period while talks on decommissioning were going on.

Sean Murray has described the allegation as "without foundation".

The PSNI statement said: "PIRA gun running from Florida is now subject to reinvestigation which will include an examination of existing evidence together with the examination of any potential new evidence that has come to light in the last few days."

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