Two Belfast men for trial over blackmail plot charge
Two Belfast men are to stand trial accused of targeting a businesswoman in a loyalist paramilitary extortion plot.
David Moore and David Pollins face charges linked to an alleged Ulster Defence Association racket in the city.
They were arrested last September after police set up a surveillance operation at a building site near Belfast City Hospital.
Moore (33) of Monarch Parade, and Pollins (31) from Broadway, are jointly charged with blackmail and belonging to, or professing to belong to, a proscribed organisation.
Both men appeared together at Belfast Magistrates Court for preliminary inquiry proceedings.
Represented by defence counsel Richard McConkey, they declined to say anything in response to the charges, call witnesses or give evidence at this stage.
District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted an application to have both men returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed.
Moore and Pollins were remanded back into custody until that hearing gets under way.