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Last Updated: Monday, 28 January 2008, 06:54 GMT
Witnesses due at Wright inquiry
Murdered LVF leader Billy Wright
LVF leader Billy Wright was shot dead in the Maze Prison in 1997
Witness testimonies at the inquiry into the murder of loyalist paramilitary Billy Wright are due to resume.

The Loyalist Volunteer Force leader was shot dead inside the Maze Prison in 1997 by members of the republican Irish National Liberation Army.

A public inquiry into the killing was announced in November 2004 following claims of security force collusion.

Inquiry Chairman Lord MacLean is expected to hear evidence on the events leading up to Wright's death.

The oral hearings will be held in Banbridge courthouse from Monday to Thursday each week until 13 March. There will be a break for Easter, and the hearings will resume after that.

Earlier this week, it emerged that a laptop containing confidential information linked to the inquiry had been stolen.

The computer, belonged to a barrister who represents prison service staff in the inquiry, contained the details of a number of people in Northern Ireland.

The laptop was stolen from the barrister's office in London.

The government agreed to set up the inquiry following the recommendations of retired Canadian Judge Peter Cory.

Lord MacLean is joined on the inquiry by academic professor Andrew Coyle from the University of London and the former Bishop of Hereford, the Reverend John Oliver.

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