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Omagh bomb appeals to be heard in January

Appeals by four alleged dissident republicans held liable for the Omagh bomb atrocity will be heard in January, it has been confirmed.

Senior judges have set aside two weeks for challenges by the men who were successfully sued by relatives of some of those murdered in the Real IRA blast.

A separate bid by victims' families to obtain a more punitive award of exemplary damages against those deemed responsible will also be heard then.

In a landmark ruling last year Mr Justice Morgan, now the Lord Chief Justice, ordered that more than £1.6 million in total should be paid out to 12 relatives who sought compensation for the August 1998 bombing which killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured hundreds more.

Jailed dissident leader Michael McKevitt and Liam Campbell, who was undefended at the original civil action, were held to be liable for the bombing.

Campbell was described as a member of the Real IRA's Army Council at the time of the attack.

Similar findings were made again two other men, Colm Murphy and Seamus Daly.

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