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Ex-Northern Ireland paramilitary figure admits 200 offences

June 23, 2017 - 8:59 AM

LONDON - A former paramilitary commander turned police informer in Northern Ireland has pleaded guilty to 200 terrorist offences.

In court Friday, 45-year-old Gary Haggarty pleaded guilty to five murders; five attempted murders; 23 counts of conspiracy to murder; directing terrorism; and membership of a banned organization in incidents stretching from 1991 to 2007.

Besides the 200 pleas entered in Belfast Crown Court, the 45-year-old admitted responsibility for 304 minor offences.

Authorities say Haggarty has provided evidence against 14 former colleagues in the Protestant-based Ulster Volunteer Force, and also against two of his former police handlers.

Haggarty was first charged with one murder in 2009, and then agreed to become a prosecution witness.

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