Northern Ireland

Denis Donaldson murder: Patrick Gillespie granted bail

Denis Donaldson Image copyright Donaldson family
Image caption Denis Donaldson was shot dead in April 2006, months after he was exposed as a republican spy

An elderly man charged with withholding information about the murder of ex-Sinn Féin official and MI5 informer Denis Donaldson has been granted bail.

The east Belfast man was shot dead at a remote cottage in County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland in April 2006, months after he was exposed as a spy.

Patrick Gillespie, 74, from Craigvar Street in Glasgow, was granted bail at Dublin's Special Criminal Court.

He must comply with several conditions and live at a County Donegal address.

The bail conditions imposed on Friday include a requirement to surrender his passport; observe a night-time curfew and sign on every Saturday at a Garda (Irish police) station in Letterkenny.

Mr Gillespie is not allowed to leave the jurisdiction and must provide a mobile phone contact number to police.

Two women have agreed to freeze a surety of 15,000 euros (£12,600), which will be forfeited if the defendant fails to comply with bail conditions.

Mr Donaldson. who once held a senior position in Sinn Féin, was expelled from the party a decade ago after he admitted being a paid British spy for 20 years.

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