11 November 2005

Top loyalist charged after raids


Andre Shoukri is due to appear in court on Saturday

The leader of the UDA in north Belfast has been charged with blackmail, intimidation and money laundering.

Andre Shoukri, 28, was arrested earlier this week following a series of police searches in the Westland estate in the north of the city and Castlereagh.

Another 36-year-old man has also been charged with blackmail, intimidation, money laundering and possession of a firearm in connection with the raids.

Both men will appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday.

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