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Family of shot man criticises MI5

Kieran Doherty
Mr Doherty was found shot dead on Wednesday night

The family of a man found shot dead near Londonderry on Wednesday night have issued a statement denying that he was an informer or drug dealer.

Kieran Doherty, 31, was found naked and bound on the Braehead Road near the Irish border.

On Friday, his family said that he had been the subject of "continuous harassment" by MI5.

The Real IRA has admitted responsibility for killing Mr Doherty who, it said, was one of its members.

The family's statement admitted that he had been in jail but claimed he had been "trying to get on with his life" since then.

"Kieran was under continuous harassment by MI5 in the months before his death," the statement said.

"Repeated attempts were made to recruit him as an informer. He rejected all these attempts."

Mr Doherty's family said they want an inquiry into MI5's involvement with Mr Doherty.

The statement added: "Kieran was a good and decent man trying to lead a normal life and looking forward to getting married."

They said in the last months of his life he was stressed, lost weight, was treated in hospital for depression and was sometimes almost unable to speak to his partner.

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