Sunday 19 November 2017

Young man expected in court on 'alleged activity in support of overseas terror group' charge

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Tom Brady and Ralph Riegel

A MAN is expected to appear before a Waterford court today on a charge in relation to alleged activity in support of an overseas terrorist group.

It follows the arrest yesterday by Gardai of two people in Waterford for questioning in relation to suspected links to international terrorism including a radical Islamic group.

The arrests took place shortly before 10am at an address in Waterford city.

The duo, a man and a woman, are both be in their 20s.

The woman was released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

It is understood the man was born in Ireland but raised in the UK.

The woman is from the UK.

Gardai arrested them at a rented property and a detailed search was later conducted at the house on foot of a warrant.

The search involved members of the Garda Technical Bureau who were supported by armed members of elite Garda units.

The couple are said to have been residents of the Waterford area for some time.

Both were taken to Waterford Garda Station at Ballybricken for questioning.

Waterford Gardai have been liaising with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and it is understood a court appearance by the young man is now expected.

It is understood that the arrests followed a lengthy intelligence operation.

This included detailed surveillance of a number of individuals whom Gardai were concerned may have had contacts with known international terrorist associates

These are understood to include suspected Islamic fundamentalist operatives.

Detectives have focused on the seizure and analysis of computers, mobile phones and tablets in relation to their investigation.

The primary theory is that several individuals in Waterford were either fundraising or helping to send finances to an overseas Islamic group engaged in terrorist activity.

This allegedly involved the dispatch of small sums of money - sometimes around €400 - to overseas bank accounts.

At least one of the people suspected to have been associating with those in Ireland has links to the Islamic State terror group.

Gardai declined to comment further on the arrests but it is understood that their intelligence operation has been conducted with major input from overseas security agencies.

"As part of an ongoing intelligence-led operation into persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activity, an operation was conducted by Gardai in Waterford city this morning," a Garda spokesman said.

"Two persons were arrested on suspicion of having committed offences under the Criminal Justice Terrorist Offences Act, 2005."

"Both persons were taken to Waterford Garda Station and are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act."

The intelligence-led operation included detailed surveillance and monitoring of electronic data such as emails and bank data.

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