Five people face terrorism offences
Published 29/10/2013 | 05:51
Five people with alleged links to dissident Republicanism have appeared in court charged with terrorism offences and conspiracy to murder.
Four men, aged 26, 30, 34 and 39, and a woman aged 27, were arrested at several locations last Wednesday in an operation led by Police Scotland and involving the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the security service.
They appeared separately in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court and were charged under section five of the Terrorism Act, which covers the preparation of terrorist acts, and conspiracy to murder.
Following the arrests, Police Scotland said the operation focused on the "activities of individuals sympathetic to dissident Republicanism but who are not affiliated to any specific group".
The court appearances came amid heightened security with armed officers in and outside the court building.
The five had been held at the Scottish Terrorist Detention Centre in the Govan area of Glasgow and were brought to court in a police convoy.