Man suspected of 1998 Dungannon murder is facing extradition

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The High Court in Dublin has ordered a 49 year old man to be extradited to Northern Ireland where he's wanted in connection with a 1998 murder in County Tyrone.

Francis Lanigan, with a last address at Pinebrook in Mulhuddart, previously spent two years in custody having been arrested on foot of an extradition warrant in connection with the murder of John Knocker, who was shot dead in a hotel car park in Dungannon in May 1998.

The father of one spent 15 years living under an assumed name and was arrested by a detective garda who had covertly done a DNA test on a coffee cup at his place of work, and determined his real identity.

Mr Lanigan has been fighting his extradition, and claims he faces a "significant risk to his life" if he is handed over to UK authorities to face prosecution.

Mr Lanigan was remanded on continuing bail to return to court again on Friday.