A prominent Republican has said his DNA was planted on a latex glove in a getaway car used in the murder of two British soldiers in Antrim in 2009.

Colin Duffy, 44, was cleared yesterday of murdering Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar outside Massereene army base.

Mr Duffy told a news conference in west Belfast today that the charges against him were "spurious" but refused to condemn dissident republicans.

His co-accused Brian Shivers was handed a life sentence after a judge found him guilty of being part of the attack.

Mr Duffy said: "I am firmly of the view that my DNA arose there because it was planted. I was never in that car.

"I state quite categorically here that I had no involvement in what happened at Massereene, no involvement whatsoever, and that has been vindicated in court because there was no credible evidence to suggest otherwise."

He said that if being a dissident meant opposing Sinn Féin's peace strategy then he was happy to classify himself as such.

He added that he had no questions to answer.

"I did not need to answer to the spurious evidence or so-called evidence that they were adducing at the trial," he said.

"The decision not to give evidence was a decision that we took on the basis of my view legally of how the case was going."