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Pair accused of dissident plot to kill Johnny Adair and jail governor

By Staff Reporter

Two men accused of a dissident republican plot to murder two leading former UDA leaders and a prison governor have appeared in court in Scotland.

Anton Duffy (38) and John Gorman (57) allegedly conspired to murder Johnny Adair and Samuel McCrory, between August 2010 and October 2013.

Martin Hughes (35) and Paul Sands (31) are alleged to have assisted on the second charge.

The four men, who deny all the charges, appeared at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.

They are all accused of planning to carry out terrorist acts by procuring vehicles, explosives and firearms including a Type 56 assault rifle. The charge alleges they recruited individuals and communicated with the IRA and the Real IRA.

They are accused of carrying out, and getting others to carry out, surveillance on prison officers, Derek McGill, governor of Barlinnie Jail in Glasgow, and "individuals perceived by you to belong to, or who you believed had an association with, loyalist organisations, namely Samuel McCrory and John Adair."

The preparation is alleged to have been carried out at various locations in Glasgow, including Central Station and Buchanan Galleries, and at sites in Renfrewshire and Ayrshire.

Prosecutors say Duffy and Gorman got others to carry out surveillance on Mr McGill to identify his home and car with the intention of making him the target of a car bomb or a similar attack between June 2012 and October last year.

Three other men appeared in court in connection with the case. Craig Convery (36) and Gary Convery (34) are accused of directing a number of individuals to commit drugs and firearms offences.

Gordon Brown (29) is alleged to have agreed with the two men "to do something you knew or suspected would enable or further the commission of serious organised crime".

They deny the charges.

A further hearing will take place in November and the seven men are expected to stand trial in Scotland next year.

Profiles

Former UDA and UFF paramilitary Johnny Adair was ousted from his Shankill power base in a loyalist feud in 2002 after Adair tried to take control of the terrorist organisation. He and his friend and sidekick Sam McCrory were exiled, and eventually ended up in Scotland. Adair was the first person convicted in Northern Ireland of directing terrorism. McCrory is now a gay rights activist.

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