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Brother-in-law of Martin McGuinness is charged over dissident rally

A brother-in-law of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has been charged with two terrorist offences after a dissident republican Easter commemoration.

During the event a masked man purporting to represent the Real IRA made threats against members of the PSNI, as well as nationalists and republicans who associated with the police.

Unemployed Marvin Canning (49) was arrested for the offences on Tuesday and interviewed on three occasions by police officers.

A detective sergeant told District Judge Barney McElholm that during interviews the defendant disassociated himself from the threats made at the 32 County Sovereignty Movement event by the masked man. He admitted, however, that he had driven masked members of a colour party to the Derry City Cemetery event.

The officer said members of a police helicopter crew video-recorded the event and the defendant could be seen opening the rear doors of a van from which the colour party exited.

The police witness objected to the defendant being released on bail. He said police evidence in relation to the identity of the masked man who issued the threat was still outstanding.

Applying for bail, solicitor Peter Corrigan said the defendant was of good character with no relevant previous conviction.

Mr Corrigan said that during two days of interviews the defendant had denied any prior knowledge of what was going to happen at the event and he said he had given the police a full account of his movements on the day.

Canning is charged with arranging, managing or assisting in arranging or managing a meeting which he knew to be in support of a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA.

He is also charged with aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring persons wearing the uniform of a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA.

The defendant, from Glendara in the Brandywell area of Londonderry, is alleged to have committed the offences contrary to Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on April 25 of this year.

The District Judge released Canning on his own bail of £1,000 together with a surety of £1,000 to appear in court on July 7.

As part of his bail conditions the defendant was electronically tagged, ordered to observe a curfew and also ordered not to leave Northern Ireland.

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