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Former Sinn Féin Councillor told he will be killed within 48 hours

23 November, 2004

South Belfast Assembly member Alex Maskey has revealed that former Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Hayes was last night visited at his home in the Markets area and informed by the PSNI that a death threat along with a recognised code word had been telephoned into the BBC offices in Belfast.

Mr Maskey said:

"Sean Hayes was visited late last night by the PSNI who informed him that his name along with that of three other republicans in Belfast, Dungannon and Warrenpoint were issued with death threats in a phone call to the BBC. The PSNI informed Sean that the threat was from the Red Hand Defenders and was accompanied by a recognised code word. He was informed that he would be killed within 48 hours.

"The Red Hand Defenders has of course in the past been a flag of convenience used by the UDA. It is deeply concerning that this UDA cover name has once again resurfaced only a week after the British Secretary of State proclaimed that the UDA was on cessation once again." ENDS

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