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Syria terror accused Bradley tells of relief after he's cleared of charges

By Cate McCurry

A man from Londonderry who was charged with terrorist offences in Syria has said he is "relieved" after he was cleared of all charges.

Eamon Bradley, from Melmore Gardens in the Creggan area of the city, spent four months in custody after he was arrested in November 2014 following his return from Syria.

He was accused of a string of offences including using weapons and explosives in terror training camps in the Middle East.

The 29-year-old walked free from court last Monday after he was found not guilty of three Syrian terrorist related offences.

Mr Bradley, who now wants to find a job, told the Sunday World he would "recommend the Muslim religion to anyone".

Speaking from his Creggan home, he said: "I'm relieved it's over.

"I don't like saying too much because I don't want to get into trouble again. I'm moving on and looking for a job at the moment,

"I've worked as a chef before so I'm hoping to get some sort of work in that area.

"I'd recommend the (Muslim) religion to anyone, it has helped me."

In January, in the first international terrorist trial of its kind in Northern Ireland, a jury at Derry City Crown Court found him not guilty of three charges of possessing grenades with intent to endanger life in Syria between March and October 2014. The jurors however were unable to reach verdicts on three other charges, which alleged that he had attended terrorist training camps in Syria where he received instructions in the use of grenades and heavy duty machine guns over the same period.

The Public Prosecution Service decided to have a re-trial on the three charges the jury could not reach verdicts on.

It took place in Omagh in September, but for the second time the jury failed to reach verdicts on any of the three charges.

Bradley had originally been arrested hours after arriving back to Northern Ireland after images of him apparently posing with guns were posted on social media.

The former chef was also pictured in Syria, dressed in camouflaged attire.

He allegedly told a detective he was spirited into Syria from Turkey in a makeshift raft and had joined the forces of militant group Army of Islam - Jaysh al-Islam - in 2014.

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