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The LVF is an extreme loyalist group formerly led by Billy Wright, who was killed in the Maze prison at Christmas 1997. It is believed to be made up of loyalists dissatisfied with other paramilitary organisations.
In March 1998, the group threatened Protestants who colluded in the peace process. In May, it declared an "unequivocal" ceasefire to encourage people to vote No in the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement.
The LVF ceasefire has now been recognised and its prisoners are eligible for early release.
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