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Five people with alleged dissident republican links in court charged under anti-terror laws

Five people with alleged links to dissident republicanism have made a second appearance in court charged under the Terrorism Act.

Anton Duffy, 39, Martin Hughes, 34, and Stacy McAllister, 27, from Glasgow, Paul Sands, 30, from Ayr, and Edward McVeigh, 26, from Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, were arrested on October 23 in an operation led by Police Scotland and involving the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the security service.

The five appeared in private on petition at Glasgow Sheriff Court today charged under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act, which covers the preparation of terrorist acts. All except McVeigh also face a separate charge of conspiracy to murder.

They made no plea or declaration during the full committal hearing and were remanded in custody pending trial.

The hearing followed an earlier appearance at the court on October 29.

A sixth person appeared at the same court last week charged under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act and with conspiracy to murder.

John Gorman, 56, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, made no plea or declaration when he appeared on petition in private and was remanded in custody.

The suspects were charged with plotting to murder former loyalist chief Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair, the Scottish Sun reported.

Following the initial five arrests, Police Scotland said the operation focused on the "activities of individuals sympathetic to dissident republicanism but who are not affiliated to any specific group".

 

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