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Florida man who claimed to have sent guns to IRA dies aged 57

Mike Logan speaking to the BBC Spotlight team in 2014

AN American stockbroker who claimed to have been instrumental in smuggling guns to the Provisional IRA after the ceasefires has died aged 57 at his home in Florida.

Mike Logan is reported to have died suddenly at the weekend. His cause of death is unknown, but he had previously suffered from addiction problems.

In 2014 he took part in a BBC Spotlight investigation during which he claimed to have sent hundreds of guns from Florida.

Mr Logan alleged the firearms were smuggled into Northern Ireland over a five-year period, including when the IRA was involved in weapons decommissioning talks.

The PSNI are currently investigating gun-running claims by Mr Logan made against leading west Belfast republican Sean 'Spike' Murray.

Mr Murray said at the time that the allegations were "without foundation"

DUP MP David Simpson said the public "has a right to know why Mr Murray has never been arrested or even questioned".

Mr Logan claimed to Spotlight that he had been given immunity from prosecution by the US government in 2002 in return for information.

He had also stated he was willing to give evidence to the PSNI in relation to the gun running.

It was claimed that one of the weapons he posted, concealed inside children's toys, was used to kill west Belfast Real IRA man Joe O'Connor in 2000.

A third generation Irish American, Mr Logan had spent time in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s and attended various republican commemorations.

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