01 June 2006

Pair remanded on Real IRA charges


Two men have been remanded in custody on charges of Real IRA membership and smuggling cigarettes worth £1m.

Aidan Grew, 50, from Benburb Street, Blackwatertown, and Noel Abernathy, 37, of Glebe Mews, Dungannon, appeared at Banbridge Magistrates Court.

Mr Abernathy was also charged with having articles for use in terrorism.

Defence solicitors claimed evidence from MI5 agent David Rupert formed the basis of the prosecution case. A police officer refused to comment.

The defence also claimed their clients had been denied private consultation with their legal team.

Both men were remanded in custody until 20 June.

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