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SAS soldiers to be quizzed over Loughgall shootings

Soldiers from the SAS team which shot dead two IRA men in Co Armagh 19 years ago are to be re-interviewed as part of a new probe into the killings by the Historical Enquiries Team.

Martin Gerard McCaughey (23), from Aughnagar Road in Galbally, and Desmond Gerard Grew (31), from Main Street in Charlemont, were shot dead by the SAS near Loughgall in 1990.

Yesterday a preliminary hearing into their deaths was told that the investigation by the HET could mean a full inquest into their deaths is delayed for two years.

Belfast coroner’s court was told that the HET probe is not scheduled to begin until late 2010 — and is expected to last six months.

Coroner Brian Sherrard said the investigation would include a review of documents, intelligence reports and re-interviews of soldiers and other persons involved.

Mr Sherrard questioned whether it was advisable to proceed with inquests or wait for the HET to report, and asked for submissions from lawyers representing the families, police and Army ahead of a further preliminary hearing next month.

However, a legal representative for the men’s families said it was her understanding that the families wanted the inquests to proceed, adding they were “anxious” that the process should get under way as soon as possible.

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