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Uni student on RIRA rifle rap

An Iranian national and part-time soldier this week walked free from court despite admitting to possessing a dissident republican assault rifle.

Amir Ali Esmaily, 27, was given a two-year sentence, suspended for three years, when he appeared in the dock at Belfast Crown Court on Friday.

The AKM rifle and six bullets the Queen's University student admitted having belonged to the Real IRA and were used in a ‘show of strength' video by the terror gang.

Esmaily, with an address on Belfast's Lisburn Road, found the weapon and ammunition in an unlocked boiler hut at the back of his disabled mum's Bradley Park home in Derry in July 2008.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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