A woman driving in Belfast city centre saw Robert McCartney being attacked and identified the killer, a court is told. Mr McCartney, 33, was beaten and stabbed to death outside a bar on 30 January 2005 in an incident which soon became prominent worldwide.
Sinn Fein has always denied IRA members took part in the killing but his sisters claimed the Provisionals were intimidating witnesses.
Look at the text I have emboldened above. I wrote a blog entry about this horror in 2005 that quotes the official IRA statement on the murder:
Of the four people directly involved in the attacks in Market Street, two were IRA Volunteers. The other two were not.
The IRA knows the identity of all these men.
Where does this cobblers about always denying IRA members' involvement come from?
How about this?
The family of Belfast murder victim Robert McCartney have rejected an IRA offer to shoot his killers.
The IRA said it had given the family the names of the man who stabbed Mr McCartney and a second man who supplied removed and destroyed the murder weapon.
Both these men have been expelled by the IRA.
Don't BBC reporters read their own files? Can anyone find me an example of Sinn Fein claiming IRA members weren't involved?