Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Terrorist McKevitt pins release on warrant rule

A former leader of the Real IRA who was jailed for 20 years for directing terrorism will attempt to have his conviction quashed on the basis of a miscarriage of justice.

Michael McKevitt (63) will seek to rely on a recent Irish Supreme Court ruling which struck down a form of search warrant used by gardai in serious crime cases.

Yesterday Mr McKevitt's lawyers told the Court of Criminal Appeal that they were seeking to apply to have his conviction quashed.

Mr McKevitt claims his original trial may have been tainted by the admission of unconstitutional evidence arising out of the Supreme Court ruling in the Damache case, and this "procedural deficiency" may amount to a newly discovered fact.

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