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Hundreds at Real IRA Derry murder victim rally

Scene of protest
Several hundred people attended the rally

Several hundred people have attended a rally in Londonderry in protest at the murder of Real IRA member Kieran Doherty last week.

The body of the 31-year-old was found naked and bound on the Braehead Road on the outskirts of Londonderry.

The Real IRA said he was involved with a criminal organisation linked to the drugs trade.

His sister, Leeanne, told those attending the rally that the Real IRA could not justify his death

She said that they had to explain their actions and that her brother was being harassed by MI5.

"They took his life now they are trying to take his good name," she said.

"It is easy for them to say what they want, dead men cannot defend their lives, dead men cannot defend themselves."

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the former republican prisoner in the city on Tuesday.

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