Colin Duffy’s relatives charged with conspiracy to murder
Two brothers and a cousin of prominent dissident republican Colin Duffy have appeared in court in Lisburn, Co Armagh, charged with terrorism offences including conspiracy to murder.
It follows a major PSNI investigation into dissident republican activity which was carried out in conjunction with MI5.
Colin Duffy was in the public gallery as Lurgan men Paul John Duffy, 47, from Ailsbury Gardens, his brother Damien Duffy, 42, from Campbell Walk, and Shane Duffy, 41, from Kilwilkie Road, were led into a courtroom packed with riot police and supporters who cheered shouts of encouragement.
The defendants face other charges including collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists and conspiring to cause an explosion.
Paul Duffy is also accused of directing dissident republican terrorism.
The alleged offences happened at various times between November 2009 and now.
The trio were remanded in custody at Lisburn Magistrates' Court.