Two former paratroopers accused of the 1972 murder of Official IRA man Joe McCann will find out next week if their identities are to remain secret during their trial.
On Tuesday, just two days short of the 49th anniversary of the controversial shooting lawyers for the two soldiers, known only so far as Soldiers 'A' and 'C', applied for an anonymity order to prevent them being named.
Counsel argued that if identified the lives of the two soldiers, aged now in their 70s, could be placed in real and imminent danger.
Mr Justice O'Hara said he would give his ruling on the application prior to the start of the expected four-week trial at Belfast Crown Court.
Mr McCann, a father-of-four, was shot dead in disputed circumstances in Joy Street, close to his Markets home in south Belfast, on April 15, 1972.
The Diplock-style non-jury trial of Soldiers A and C, whose addresses have been given on court papers as Salisbury House in London, has been brought forward to prevent it from running over into the summer recess.
A reporting restriction banning publication of the defendants' names has been in place since the two ex-paratroopers were first charged with Mr McCann's murder three years ago.