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UVF RULES OUT JACKAL LINK TO MURDER.

THE UVF has insisted Robin Jackson had nothing to do with the murder of Sgt Campbell!.

The mid-Ulster UVF met with a Sunday People reporter to discuss Jackson's role in the world of the Troubles.

The meeting was requested last year, and aimed at penetrating some of the mystery which surrounds the figure of Robin 'The Jackal' Jackson, who died of cancer in 1998.

Jackson had some experience with a British Army regiment before returning home to join the newly-formed UDR, but he was soon expelled and moved into the UVF.

During the two hour meeting, in the upstairs room of a building in mid-Ulster, Jackson's home territory, two masked representatives of the local UVF answered questions about Jackson's role as a paramilitary figure.

From this meeting, and conversations with ex-security force members who carried out attacks with him, he is described as a small but firmly-built, and extremely dedicated.

After a series of introductions the spokesman referred to three incidents involving Jackson, to verify that he had known Jackson personally, and was intimately aware of his precise involvement in the raid on Lurgan UDR base in 1971, when arms were seized by the UVF, the murder of Banbridge man Patrick Campbell in 1973, and a gun and grenade attack on a nationalist pub, the same night.

Linked to approximately 100 murders, he is said to have ceded control of the UVF in mid-Ulster to Billy Wright in the early 1990s. He is also linked to the killings of former UVF leader Billy Hanna, the Miami Showband ambush and the Dublin-Monaghan bombings.

But they firmly ruled out claims he was linked to the killing of any security force members:

"He has become something of a bogeyman for many, who attribute nearly everything to him.

Despite the various claims and acknowledgements over his role, and rumours of Jackson's close links to a variety of Special Branch and army intelligence figures, including army intelligence officers Tony Ball and Robert Nairac, he successfully evaded any long jail terms, and enjoyed a 28-year reign.

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SUCCESSOR: Billy Wright; VICTIM: Captain Nairac; MYSTERY: Robin Jackson
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2002
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