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Judge allows release of dissident arms accused

A man accused of storing explosives at his west Belfast home can be released from custody, a High Court judge has ruled.

Louis McKenna had been refused bail last week after prosecutors claimed he was "deeply involved" with dissident republicans.

But Mr Justice Horner reversed his decision after no further intelligence was produced to back the allegations.

The 52-year-old accused is to live with his sister and must not leave Northern Ireland without court permission.

McKenna was arrested after suspected pipe-bomb parts, a pistol and bullets were found during searches at his Forest Street home on January 24. He denies charges of possessing the items in suspicious circumstances.

Prosecutors previously said they believe he was a trusted operative for a dissident republican organisation.

But defence barrister Michael Boyd rejected claims that McKenna was involved with any outlawed paramilitary factions.

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