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Omagh bombing accused refused bail

* CHARGES: High-profile republican Seamus Daly was yesterday refused bail after being charged with 29 counts of murder in the 1998 Omagh bombing. The 43-year-old is also accused of involvement in a failed bomb attack in Lisburn city centre in the same year, coinciding with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Daly has already been found liable for the Omagh atrocity in a landmark civil case. New evidence is believed to have been made available to detectives prior to his arrest by officers from the PSNI serious crime squad in Newry on Monday as he accompanied his wife, who is nine months pregnant with their second child, to an appointment at a maternity hospital.

As well as 29 counts of murder, Daly faces charges of causing the explosion in Omagh, possession of a bomb in the Co Tyrone town with intent to endanger life or property, conspiring to cause an explosion in Lisburn in April 1998 and possession of the Lisburn bomb with intent.

Reports P4

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