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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK
Loyalist murder charge dropped
The case was heard at Belfast Magistrate's Court
A murder charge against a leading loyalist has been dropped.

Ihab Shoukri, 30, from Alliance Road, Belfast, was accused of murdering a man at the height of a feud within rival factions of the Ulster Defence Association last year.

Alan McCullough's body was found in a shallow grave in Mallusk in June, 2003.

The 21-year-old was a former member of the UDA.

Belfast Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday that scientific tests on fibres, fingerprints and DNA samples had proved negative.

Mr Shoukri still faces a charge of membership of the Ulster Freedom Fighters.

BBC NI's Chris Buckler:
"After the hearing, the 30-year-old said he told police from day one that he was innocent"


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