LEGGE ANTI-TERRORISMO. NUOVO ARRESTO PER GARY DONNELLY
Il membro di spicco del 32Csm è stato fermato dalle forze di polizia con l’accusa di terrorismo
L’uomo in questione è Gary Donnelly, trentanovenne di Derry che si è difeso, tramite il suo legale con questa dichiarazione: “E’ assolutamente ridicolo, mi hanno fermato per il mio credo politico”.
L’imputato è stato attualmente rilasciato dietro il pagamento di una cauzione di mille sterline e dovrà comparire il 20 settembre in aula. Come condizione per la libertà su cauzione, è stato imposto a Donnelly un coprifuoco notturno.
L’accusa sembra poter essere ricondotta al possesso di un cellulare usato per la preparazione o l’istigazione di un atto terroristico risalente al settembre 2009. In particolare, l’accusa ha fatto riferimento a 2 attacchi con pipe bombs e ad una gambizzazione.
Circa 40 sostenitori di Gary Donnelly si sono ritrovati fuori dalla corte per dimostrare la loro vicinanza all’imputato.
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32 CSM man charged under terrorism legislation (BBC News Northern Ireland)
Supporters of Mr Donnelly gathered outside the courthouse before the hearing
A leading member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement has been charged with committing an offence under terrorism legislation.
Gary Donnelly, 39, of Sackville Court in Derry, appeared at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court, on Friday.
After he was charged, the defendant said: “It is absolutely ridiculous. I have been set up for my political beliefs.”
He was released on bail of £1,000 to appear in court again on 20 September.
As part of his bail conditions, Mr Donnelly was ordered to observe a 2300 to 0800 BST curfew and to report to police once a week.
District Judge Barney McElholm said the defendant would face custody if he breached those conditions.
Outside the Bishop Street courthouse, 40 of his supporters gathered before the hearing began.
As the investigating police officer left court the crowd shouted verbal abuse and a plastic bottle was thrown at a police car.
Mr Donnelly said he was being targeted because of his political beliefs
Mr Donnelly is accused of having a mobile phone in circumstances that lead to the reasonable suspicion that its possession was in connection with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.
The charge relates to three pipe bomb attacks in September 2009.
During the hearing, a detective constable told the court that the charge against the defendant related to claims of responsibility by the Real IRA on 11 September 2009.
He said the claims were about “two pipe bomb attacks and a punishment shooting” on that date.
The detective constable said the defendant was charged with the offence as a result of statements made by journalist, Eamonn MacDermott, who received claim of responsibility and on the basis of extensive telephone inquiries.
Applying for bail, defence solicitor Paddy McGurk, said that one month after the pipe bombs and shooting incident, the police contacted Mr MacDermott and took a statement from him.
Mr McGurk said Mr MacDermott told the police that the person who made the phone call of responsibility was not Mr Donnelly.
He added that Mr MacDermott was again interviewed by the police on Thursday.
During his interview, Mr MacDermott’s phone was seized.