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Woman charged with terror offences: Housing Executive employee accused of trying to identify people under witness protection

By John Mulgrew

A woman who worked at the Housing Executive is due in court charged over terror offences after allegedly trying to identify people under witness protection.

The 32-year-old woman was arrested in Belfast on Monday.

She is charged with collecting information likely to be useful to terrorists and misconduct in public office.

The charges relate to information obtained by the woman while she worked for the Housing Executive in an alleged attempt to identify persons who are currently under the PSNI Witness Protection Scheme.

She will appear at Laganside Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

A 28-year-old woman also arrested on Monday was released yesterday pending further enquiries.

A police spokesman today said: "The Police Service of Northern Ireland takes its Witness Protection obligations extremely seriously and continually reviews measures to keep individuals safe.

"Under the terms of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, it is an offence to disclose the identities of individuals subject to protection arrangements. As such, police will not be doing so in this case."

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