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Friday 18 April 2014

Dissident Republican Colin Duffy in police murder plot charge

File photo dated 19/05/12 of Colin Duffy who has been charged with membership of the IRA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday December 17, 2013. Two other men were accused of possession of firearms with intent to endanger life or damage property in Belfast this month. Rounds were discharged at officers' vehicles on the way to a loyalist protest in the city on December 5. Duffy, from Lurgan in Co Armagh, made no comment in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court. See PA story ULSTER Republican. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Colin Duffy

Prominent republican Colin Duffy has been charged with conspiring to murder members of the security forces in Northern Ireland.

Two other men were separately accused of trying to murder police travelling to the scene of a loyalist protest in Belfast earlier this month. Shots were fired at the officers' vehicles.

The trio appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court surrounded by prison officers and armed riot police but did not speak during the brief hearing.

They waved to a crowd in the gallery who noisily indicated support as they were led away to prison to await their trial.

Duffy, 47, from Lurgan in Co Armagh, was also accused of membership of the IRA and conspiring with the other defendants, Alex McCrory and Henry Fitzsimmons, to possess firearms and explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property since the start of this year.

There were no legal submissions. A detective connected them to the charges.

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