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MP knew of LVF boss death threat

Billy Wright

A unionist MP has told the Billy Wright inquiry a government source told him of a threat to kill the loyalist leader a month before he was shot dead.

The DUP's Rev William McCrea said he did not tell police about the threat at the time because he did not know who he could trust.

LVF leader Wright, who was nicknamed King Rat, was shot dead inside the Maze prison in December 1997.

An inquiry is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Mr McCrea said he had been visited by Billy Wright in 1991 or 1992 and told by him that he believed the authorities were planning to kill him.

The South Antrim MP told the inquiry Wright had asked him not to tell anyone

Mr McCrea said he had also received a phone call from an unidentified source a month before Wright was shot dead warning him the LVF leader was going to be killed

He said he had not passed on details of this, because the implication was the authorities were involved in the conspiracy and he did not know who he could tell.

The inquiry continues on Tuesday.

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