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Man charged in Republic with funding terrorism

By Ed Carty

A 25-year-old man has appeared in court in the Republic charged with funding terrorism.

Hasan Bal, who is originally from the UK and had been living in Waterford city, was remanded in custody after a brief hearing at Waterford District Court.

He is charged with providing funds for a terrorist organisation on October 2, 2015 and attempting to provide funds on October 23, 2015.

The court was told Bal made no reply when both charges were put to him. Judge Kevin Staunton was told there was no issue when he asked if there were any "language difficulties" with Bal.

Bal was arrested on Thursday in Waterford and charged with the two offences under the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005.

His solicitor Pat Newell told the court that he was applying for legal aid and that he was reserving his position on a bail application until the case is back before the court on Tuesday.

A woman arrested on Thursday in Waterford as part of the same investigation was released without charge, with a file being prepared for the DPP.

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