Charges in relation to McCartney murder

Charges in relation to McCartney murder

A 51-year-old man, arrested by detectives investigating the 2005 murder of Robert McCartney in Belfast, has been charged with membership of a proscribed organisation.

He was detained in Jonesborough, Co Armagh on Wednesday morning. Police also searched a property in the area.

The man was taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

On Thursday evening, police confirmed that he had also been charged with two counts of addressing a meeting with the purpose of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation.

He will appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Mr McCartney, a 33-year-old father of two from the Short Strand area, was attacked after he became involved in a row in Magennis's Bar in the city centre.

He was beaten and stabbed outside the bar and later died in hospital.

His sisters, who have accused republicans of covering up the killing and intimidating witnesses, launched a campaign for justice which took them to the White House.

To date no-one has been convicted, but senior republican Pádraic Wilson was charged with IRA membership as part of the murder probe.

 

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