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Republican activist Dee Fennell charged over speech

By Staff Reporter

Republican activist Dee Fennell is due in court today after he was accused of making a speech supporting terrorism.

Detectives investigating the speech at a republican commemoration event in Lurgan on Easter Sunday arrested the 33-year-old in north Belfast yesterday.

He was taken to Antrim's Serious Crime suite for questioning.

Last night, the PSNI said detectives from Serious Crime Branch had charged a 33-year-old with encouraging terrorism and support of a proscribed organisation.

A spokesman for the PSNI said all charges would be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

Mr Fennell is expected to appear before Craigavon Magistrates Court today.

Detectives searched properties in north Belfast and Lurgan as part of the same investigation.

The Ardoyne man is a leading member of the Greater Ardoyne Residents' Collective, a republican protest group that opposes loyalist parades, but which is also opposed by Sinn Fein.

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