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Terror case adjourned over fees spat

A proposed arraignment of a man facing charges of gathering information likely to be of use to terrorists has been adjourned due to industrial action by barristers and solicitors.

Paul Currie (33), of Clarke's Court, Knockloughrim, Magherafelt, appeared at Londonderry Crown Court charged with two counts of collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists on September 1 last year.

However, before the arraignment could proceed defence counsel Eoin Devlin applied to come off record on his own behalf and that of his solicitor.

The Recorder Judge Piers Grant said that he was not granting that application at this stage.

Judge Grant told Currie said that he would adjourn the case for four weeks to allow him to make arrangements for other legal representation.

He said it was in the defendant’s interest and in the interests of justice that he have legal representation. The judge told Currie that he wanted him to have a list of solicitors that he had approached in four weeks time.

The case was adjourned until June 2. Barristers and solicitors are refusing to handle cases at Crown Court in protest at proposed cuts in legal aid.

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