Dissident suspect to appear in Newry court

May 11, 2010

by Brónagh Murphy

A 41-year-old south Armagh man is to appear in court today charged with a number of offences in relation to suspected dissident republican activity.

The man had been held in Antrim Serious Crime Suite since he was arrested in the south Armagh area on Friday.  It’s believed the arrest came as part of a police crackdown on dissident activity in the area.

A police spokesperson said the accused is charged with possession of ammunition in suspicious circumstances and providing money or property for the purpose of terrorism.

He is to appear before Newry Magistrates Court today (Monday).

Meanwhile the three men arrested in Newry on Wednesday in connection with dissident republican activity in south Armagh, were all released without charge the following day.

These arrests were believed to have been part of a major offensive against dissident activity amid fears of attacks on election day.

Two men were also arrested in Co. Louth by Gardaí as part of the same investigation.  It’s believed they too have been released without charge.