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Secret dossier 'to clear duo over IRA murder'

Senior judges are to study a secret dossier as part of a process expected to result in a husband and wife finally being cleared of offences connected to the IRA interrogation and murder of a police informer.

Prosecutors have already accepted that the convictions of James Martin and Veronica Ryan should be quashed.

But the Court of Appeal is now to examine the contents of a confidential annex in the case before deciding whether to overturn the guilty verdicts.

The couple, from west Belfast, were both convicted of the false imprisonment of Joe Fenton, a Special Branch agent shot dead after being lured to a house in the city in February 1989.

Mr Martin, who was also found guilty of making property available for terrorism, was later sentenced to four years in prison.

His wife, formerly known as Veronica Martin, was jailed for six months.

Similar counts against the couple over the abduction of another informer, Sandy Lynch, in 1990 were overturned three years ago.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan, sitting with Lord Justices Higgins and Coghlin, listed the case for a further hearing in May.

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