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Derry man Bradley won't face third 'Syrian terror' trial

Londonderry man Eamon Bradley will not be face a third trial accused of being involved in terrorist activities in the Middle East three years ago.

Londonderry Crown Court prosecutor Ciaran Murphy QC told Judge Brian Sherrard that the matter having been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, "we are not prepared to proceed again", and has asked for the charges to be left on the books.

Mr Bradley was not in attendance at Antrim courthouse for the short hearing on Tuesday, October 3,during which Judge Sherrard told the Crown lawyer that it was "the right decision from my own perspective."

The prosecution turn around comes a week after a second jury failed to reach a definitive verdict in the case of 28-year-old Mr Bradley, or 'Eamon of Arabia' as he has also been referred to, who denied travelling to Syria to become a Mujahedin fighter.

At the end of the first trial in February, the Muslim convert was acquitted of possessing explosives. However, the first jury were unable to decide on verdicts on the more substantive charges of attending terrorist training camps in Syria and receiving instructions on the use of weapons and explosives.

A retrial was subsequently ordered in Omagh Crown Court. But after an 11-day trial over five weeks, the second Londonderry jury, also admitted they too were 'hung', and that even if granted further time, there was no prospect of them reaching any verdict.

Mr Bradley originally from Melmore Gardens in Creggan, but now with an address in Benview Estate in the Coshquin area of the city, was accused of attending Syrian terrorist camps. He allegedly received training in the use of firearms, including an AK47, DShK 38 and a BKC machinegun and a grenade between March and September 2014.

The "bedrock" of the prosecution case was his alleged confessions to police during eight interviews. In which, he reportedly told detectives of joining Syrian rebels opposed to President Bashar Assad and Islamic State, were true.

However, in another alleged 'intelligence' interview to an M15 officer, the Derry man was reported to have said that he never travelled to Syria.

Defence QC Brian McCartney claimed the alleged admissions were unreliable.

The defence contented that Bradley was no desert adventurer either, his only crime was being an attention seeking fantasist.

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