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Man jailed for bomb plot may sue over detention

A man jailed for trying to blow up motor tax offices in Belfast may sue over claims he was unlawfully detained after his release.

Lawyers for Terence McCafferty said a civil action was one of the possible ways of resolving his case.

The 40-year-old, from the New Lodge area of Belfast, was given 12 years for possessing explosives in connection with the bomb plot in November 2002. Under remission rules he was released from prison after serving six years.

But in December 2008 he was stopped at Belfast International Airport and sent back to prison.

He lodged an unsuccessful application for a writ of habeas corpus to secure his release before launching judicial review proceedings. During the High Court case it emerged that the then Security Minister Paul Goggins revoked McCafferty's licence based on intelligence claims that he was an active Real IRA member.

The claims were denied, and in April a Remission of Sentence Commissioner ordered his release.

A lawyer for McCafferty yesterday told a High Court judge that no determination had been made on the legality of holding him.

The judge adjourned the case for a week.

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