Two men under a dissident republican death threat for alleged involvement in drugs are to stand trial in the new year.
Eamon Clarke (24) and Mark Kennedy (33) pleaded not guilty on arraignment at Belfast Crown Court yesterday of possessing cannabis resin and having the class B drug with intent to supply in June 2011.
Clarke, of Great Victoria Street in Belfast, and Kennedy, of Glennor Crescent East, Carryduff, were returned for trial in 2014 and were released on continuing bail.
The exact date cannot be disclosed because of a reporting restriction.
At a previous hearing, a ban on identifying Clarke and Kennedy had been imposed after police involved in the Kevin Kearney murder investigation assessed the risk against them.