Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Real IRA suspect in Supreme Court bid

A high-profile republican accused of the Real IRA murder of two soldiers will go before the UK's highest court in a challenge over the time he was detained before being charged.

Senior judges in Belfast yesterday agreed to certify a question for the Supreme Court to consider in the case of Colin Duffy and three others who cannot be identified.

Duffy (43), from Lurgan, is due to stand trial for the killings of Sappers Mark Quinsey (23) and Patrick Azimkar (21) outside an Antrim Army barracks in March 2009.

Earlier this year he and other suspects held over the shootings failed to win a court declaration that the period they spent in detention contravened human rights laws. Under the Terrorism Act 2000, they could be kept in custody for up to 28 days before being formally accused or released.

Lawyers claimed that relevant sections of the legislation were incompatible with their right to liberty under EU law.

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