Trio remanded on terror charges
Two brothers and a cousin of prominent dissident republican Colin Duffy have appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with terrorism offences including conspiracy to murder.
It follows a major police investigation into dissident republican activity which was carried out in conjunction with MI5.
Colin Duffy, cleared of murdering two soldiers at Massereene army barracks in Antrim earlier this year, was in the public gallery as Lurgan men Paul John Duffy, 47, from Ailsbury Gardens, Damien Duffy, 42, from Campbell Walk, and Shane Duffy, 41, from Kilwilkie Road were led into the courtroom.
It was packed with riot police and supporters who cheered shouts of encouragement. The defendants face other charges including collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists and conspiring to cause an explosion. Paul Duffy is also accused of directing dissident republican terrorism.
The alleged offences happened at various times between 2009 and now. The trio were remanded in custody at Lisburn Magistrates' Court.
A detective sergeant told district judge Amanda Henderson he believed he could connect the accused to the charges, some of which took place between November 2009 and now.
Around 20 family members and supporters shouted encouragement as the accused, dressed in jeans and casual tops, were led away.
Officers clad in riot gear lined the packed courtroom and police Landrovers were stationed outside the courthouse in the centre of Lisburn.
The charges follow a police arrest operation at the suspects' homes in Lurgan, Co Armagh, part of a wider probe into alleged dissident republican activity.
Defence solicitor Joe McVeigh questioned the detective after the PSNI put out a media statement linking the operation to co-operation with the security services and the Public Prosecution Service. The detective said he had no more information to give on the statement.