said: "In 1985 we were approached by a MI5 officer attached to the Northern Ireland Office and based in Lisburn, Alex Jones was his supposed name.
But loyalist sources said the 70-year-old had once been a key member of the UVF
gang which ambushed The Miami Showband in July 1975.
Two years later - when tensions at the Drumcree church parade stand-off in Portadown were at their height - UVF
men loyal to Wright killed a Catholic taxi driver in Lurgan.
The announcement came from the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF
), the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and the Red Hand Commando (RHC).
"These guns are categorically not linked to the UVF
," he said.
But the pair were also committed members of the violent UVF
, and used their lodge activities as a front for their secret activities.
Father-of-two Barwise, from Anfield, was jailed for four years and two months, for being a member of the UVF
, and for nine offences linked to firearms.
Members of the UVF
(rather than UDA) are thought to have been instrumental in starting the violence.
The party, which held its annual conference yesterday behind closed doors, said it would instead work in partnership with those committed to transforming loyalist communities - including the UVF
Loyalist violence which paramilitary groups, including the UVF
, have been accused of orchestrating meant Mr Hain had to bow to the pressure he has been under to act for some weeks.
The witness claims he was threatened by UVF
heavies and ordered to tell police Taube's death was an accident.