07 February 2006

Lawyer 'gave information to UVF'


A solicitor used his position to pass information to senior members of the loyalist paramilitary UVF, it was alleged in a High Court bail hearing.

Manmohan Sandhu, 41, of Colby Avenue in Derry, was granted bail.

On Monday, he had denied attempting to incite a murder and four charges of perverting the course of justice.

Mr Sandhu was granted bail, on the condition that he surrenders his Indian passport and stays out of Antrim police station's serious crime facility.

The charges faced by Mr Sandhu on Monday related to a murder and attempted murder - both carried out by the UVF - during a loyalist feud last summer.

It was alleged on Tuesday that Mr Sandhu had used his position as a solicitor to pass information to senior members of the UVF.

Police allege he did this by mobile phone from a consultation room at Antrim police station.

The prosecution claimed on one occasion Mr Sandhu phoned an unknown person, indicating that a taxi driver, already recovering in hospital from gunshot wounds after a failed murder bid, should be "taken out".

Mr Sandhu's office was in Limavady but the majority of his criminal law practice was in east Belfast, the court heard.

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