06 March 2006

Orde seeks loyalist's re-jailing


Ihab Shoukri is charged with UDA/UFF membership

Northern Ireland's Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde is seeking to have prominent loyalist Ihab Shoukri returned to jail.

It is understood papers have been lodged at the High Court in Belfast in an attempt to have his bail revoked.

It follows his arrest - along with 16 other men - when police raided a north Belfast bar during an alleged rehearsal for a paramilitary show of strength.

On Tuesday, a judge will be asked rule if he breached bail terms imposed while awaiting trial for UDA membership.

Mr Shoukri, 31, from Alliance Road in north Belfast, denied membership of the UFF and UDA at his last court appearance.

Eleven men were remanded in custody in connection with the police raid on the Alexander Bar in the loyalist Tiger's Bay area at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday.

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