Former UDA member Michael Stone released from prison
Stone had been returned to jail following attempt to kill Sinn Féin leaders at Stormont
Security personnel detain and disarm Michael Stone in the lobby of the Stormont parliament buildings in Northern Ireland on November 24th, 2006. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters
The decision was taken by parole commissioners on Monday and Stone was freed from Maghaberry Prison on Tuesday, the PA news agency understands.
A legal challenge had been launched by his victims’ families in a bid to prevent him applying for early release from prison, but was dismissed by the North’s Court of Appeal last year.
In November last year, the Court of Appeal, Northern Ireland’s highest court, ruled that Stone could apply for early release from prison.
Stone had been serving a 30-year jail term.
Last year Stone was ordered by the High Court in Belfast to serve a further 5½ years before he could be considered for release.
An appeal against that ruling was then taken.
Stone was found guilty of three other killings in addition to the Milltown Cemetery attack that took place on March 16th, 1988.
They included murdering a milkman, shooting a joiner in the head and firing at another man up to 16 times with a submachine gun. – PA