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Accused Eamon Bradley 'in contact via phone with Arabians'

By Alan Erwin

Detectives investigating a Londonderry man accused of receiving weapons and explosives training in Syria have discovered apparent text and telephone communication with Arabian contacts, the High Court has heard.

Eamon Bradley was arrested earlier this month after reports claimed he had been fighting in the Syrian civil war.

Bradley, of Melmore Gardens in the city, is accused of possessing a grenade with intent to endanger life and being trained in weapons and explosives.

Pictures of him with heavy-calibre ammunition, apparently taken in a Middle Eastern country, were said to have been found on his mother's mobile phone.

But the accused claimed he travelled to the Syria to help those being subjected to atrocities. He told police that he took part in three battles against Islamic State and President Assad's forces.

As he renewed a bail application yesterday, prosecution counsel disclosed that a number of calls from March to May appear to have been made to contacts with Arabic names. One had the word "camp" after it, the court heard.

Referring to text messages sent at the time, the barrister said one stated: "In Syria having bomb training." Another allegedly read: "In a training camp", followed by a word thought to read "Jihad!".

Mr Justice Burgess adjourned the application until December 19, when phone and computer analysis is to be completed.

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