Belfast's most feared Protestant terrorist walked free from prison Tuesday under terms of one of the most controversial provisions of the Northern Ireland peace accord.
Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, convicted in 1994 after bragging to undercover police about the dozens of Catholics he had helped send to an early grave, smirked in silence outside the prison gates.
He was greeted by John White, who represents a small political party linked with the outlawed Ulster Defense Association, the province's biggest pro-British paramilitary group.
"Mr. Adair has given unwavering support for the peace process," White said.
White said Adair would get involved in promoting community-reconciliation projects, a claim met with derision in Catholic areas.