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Police to probe allegations that republican parade glorified terrorism

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

Police have said they will investigate claims that a controversial republican parade may have breached legislation prohibiting the glorification of terrorism.

DUP MLA Arlene Foster said comments made by Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly at the event in Castlederg should also be investigated by police. Hundreds of marchers took part in the event in the Co Tyrone town on Sunday to commemorate IRA bombers Seamus Harvey and Gerard McGlynn, killed during the Troubles.

Ms Foster said she was told by police yesterday that PSNI files on the parade are being passed to the Public Prosecution Service.

Ms Foster said she intended to meet with the director of the PPS, Barra McGrory, to ascertain the standard of evidence required to pursue a prosecution under the Terrorism Act 2006 for glorification of terrorism.

During his address, MLA Mr Kelly said the bombers were "leaders" who had given their lives so republicans "could be free".

Ms Foster said: "Statements made that these criminals 'gave their lives so that we cold be free' are clearly intended to glorify people who in reality were cold-blooded sectarian murderers."

She said a banner was also carried with images of rifles.

A Sinn Fein spokesman was unavailable for comment last night.

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