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Republican could face new terrorism charges

By Joanne Fleming

A 46-year-old man, thought to be high-profile republican Colin Duffy, is to be reported to the Public Prosecution Service on suspicion of directing terrorism.

Police were granted 72 hours to question him at a hearing at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Duffy, of Forest Glade in Lurgan, Co Armagh, was already in custody accused of IRA membership and plotting to murder security force members.

However, police went before the court to seek his release to carry out new interviews about separate matters.

A detective constable confirmed police wanted him for questioning but no further details were disclosed.

Last night police confirmed a report would be made to the Public Prosecution Service.

Duffy has been held since his arrest last December along with Alex McCrory (52) of Sliabh Dubh View, Belfast and 45-year-old Henry Joseph Fitzsimons, of no fixed address.

Charges were brought against them in connection with a gun attack on police vehicles travelling along the Crumlin Road in north Belfast.

All three are jointly accused of conspiring to murder and belonging to a proscribed organisation - namely the Irish Republican Army.

Duffy is also accused of conspiracy to possess firearms and explosives with intent to endanger life.

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