A man convicted of the murder of the Belfast solicitor, Pat Finucane, and sentenced to serve a minimum of 22 years in jail has been released from prison. 

Ken Barrett, 41, was released today from Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn.

Barrett, a former loyalist paramilitary who became an RUC Special Branch informer, was one of four gunmen who killed Mr Finucane at his north Belfast home in February 1989.

A Northern Ireland Prison Service spokesperson said Barrett’s application to be freed under the early release scheme introduced as part of the Good Friday Agreement had been successful.

It is thought Barrett will leave Northern Ireland.