Dissident murder files ‘to be heavily censored’

Kieran Doherty
Kieran Doherty

Three police files containing potentially key information on the murder of a dissident republican are set to be heavily censored before being made available to his inquest, a coroner has been told.

Real IRA man Kieran Doherty, 31, was shot dead in February 2010 and his body dumped near Londonderry.

The remains of shooting victim Kieran Doherty are removed by an undertaker

The remains of shooting victim Kieran Doherty are removed by an undertaker

The Real IRA claimed responsibility for the killing of one of its own members, but nobody has ever been charged with the murder.

In the weeks before his death, Mr Doherty claimed MI5 attempted to recruit him as an agent and his family have raised concerns the UK Security Services could have played a role in his death.

Police are in the process of security vetting their murder investigation files before making them available to lawyers representing the family at a planned future inquest.

Members of the Doherty family attended yesterday’s preliminary hearing at Belfast Coroner’s Court.