Plot suspect on separate charges

11 May 2010
The Irish News

One of the defendants in the international arms smuggling trial before Belfast Crown Court also appeared before Newry Magistrates Court yesterday on separate charges related to suspected dissident republican activity.

Dermot Declan Gregory (41) of Concession Road, Crossmaglen, was charged with providing money and property to the value of at least EUR20,000, (£17,000) knowing or suspecting that they may be used for the purposes of terrorism.

The offences are alleged to have been committed on dates between January 1 2006 and May 7 2010.
Gregory is further charged with having ammunition in suspicious circumstances last Friday.

An application for bail was refused.

Gregory was remanded in custody to appear again on June 2.

Gregory and two others deny a total of eight charges before Belfast Crown Court in connection with an international arms smuggling plot.

Gregory is accused of making the deeds of a Portuguese restaurant available for the purposes of terrorism.

The trial has already met with controversy after lawyers for his co-defendants demanded clarification over allegations that Gregory was an MI5 agent and that they had been entrapped by security services.

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