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Police investigating hoax bomb alert at Gerry Adams' home seeking information from Danish authorities, court hears

By Alan Erwin

Published 13/05/2016

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

Police investigating a former TA soldier accused of causing a hoax bomb alert at the home of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams are seeking information from Danish authorities, a court has heard.

Prosecutors disclosed that the request for assistance in the case of Eric Rohloff is at an advanced stage.

German-born Rohloff, 39, is charged with making a series of false bomb warnings at the homes of Mr Adams and senior party colleagues Martina Anderson and Raymond McCartney.

The defendant, of Clifton Road in Bangor, Co Down, is further accused of making threats to kill Sinn Fein's Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady.

He is alleged to have issued the threats through the Samaritans, party offices and a local newspaper.

A separate count involves causing a hoax bomb alert at an independent Islamic primary school in Luton.

In total Rohloff faces 14 offences, including improper use of communications to cause anxiety and wasting police time by making false reports.

The charges cover a period between May 4 and July 6 last year.

He was previously granted bail on condition that he surrenders all passports, German identity cards and reports to police three times a week.

As he appeared again before Belfast Magistrates' Court today for an update in the case, a prosecution lawyer confirmed the request for information from Denmark.

No further details were disclosed.

District Judge Nigel Broderick agreed to adjourn proceedings until later this month.

Defence solicitor Gary Adair, of Wilson Nesbitt, also revealed he will be seeking to have his client's bail conditions varied at that stage.

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