Belfast Telegraph

Colin Duffy case delayed again to next week

By Ashleigh McDonald

A solicitor for high-profile republican Colin Duffy has expressed concerns about a "delay" in relation to a Crown case against his client.

Duffy and two co-accused appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court, via video link, where a date was due to be fixed to hold a Preliminary Enquiry.

Duffy (46) from Forest Glade in Lurgan, 45-year-old Henry Joseph Fitzsimons of no fixed abode, and Alex McCrory (52) of Sliabh Dubh View in Belfast are currently on remand on various terrorist-related offences including conspiracy to murder members of the security forces and belonging to a proscribed organisation, namely the Irish Republican Army.

It is alleged that the offences were committed over a period spanning from January to December last year. During the hearing, a representative from the PPS asked the court to adjourn fixing a date for the PE for a further four weeks.

When this request was made, a solicitor representing Duffy expressed concerns about the delay in the case. Telling the court the case was "complex", the PPS representative said the PE papers relating to the case were with senior counsel.

After asking the PPS to indicate when these papers would be available, the magistrate remanded the three men back into custody and relisted the case to next Tuesday.

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