7 charged with terror crimes in Real IRA crackdown


Colin Duffy, center, walks outside Lisburn courthouse in Northern Ireland as three relatives of Colin Duffy, a reputed senior Real IRA figure, appeared in a courtroom southwest of Belfast surrounded by police officers in full riot gear Saturday May 19, 2012. Duffy’s brothers, Paul, 47, and Damien, 42, and cousin Shane Duffy, 41, all were charged with four counts of preparing acts of terrorism, conspiring to murder and conspiring to cause explosions. Paul Duffy also was charged with directing terrorism. Seven Irish republicans, including three relatives of a senior reputed Real IRA member and four others allegedly operating a forest rifle range, were arraigned Saturday on terror charges following a security sweep against militants plotting to sabotage Northern Ireland’s peace process. UNITED KINGDOM OUT Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire / AP

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