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Call to dismiss soldiers rejected
Wright and Fisher were both convicted of murder
Wright and Fisher were both convicted of murder
The government has rejected new demands to dismiss two soldiers from the Army who were convicted of murdering a Belfast teenager.

Peter McBride was shot dead as he ran away from a foot patrol in Belfast's New Lodge area in 1992.

Two months ago the Court of Appeal ruled that Scots Guardsmen Mark Wright and James Fisher should not have been allowed back into the army after they were found guilty of killing the 18-year-old.

However, the court stopped short of ordering the army to dismiss them.

Mr McBride's family has condemned the decision.

The pair were sentenced to life for murder in 1995, but three years later were released from prison and allowed to rejoin their regiment.

The Court of Appeal stopped short of ordering the Army to dismiss the two soldiers, but made a legal declaration that the reasons adopted by the Army Board were not so exceptional as to permit the retention of the two soldiers.

At their trial, Wright and Fisher said they believed Peter McBride was carrying a bomb.

But the judge, Lord Justice Kelly, found they were lying as they had already stopped and searched him.

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