Dissident Fails In Court Bid

The prominent Co Armagh 'dissident republican' Colin Duffy and five others, who were arrested in connection with the murder of two soldiers and a policeman, have failed to win a court declaration that the period of detention contravened human rights laws.

The suspects were seeking a verdict that provisions under anti-terrorism legislation were incompatible with their right to liberty under European legislation.

The North's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, and two other senior judges ruled that no basis for making the declaration had been established - but lawyers are now set to mount a challenge to the verdict at the Supreme Court in London.

The case related to the detention of four people in connection with the Real IRA shootings of Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azminkar, 21, outside Massereene Army barracks in Antrim on March 2009 with Duffy, 43 and from Lurgan, now due to stand trial for the murders.


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