Retrial for Derry man in connection with Syria terror training camp

Eamon Bradley 

A DERRY man will face a retrial charged with attending a terror training camp in Syria.

Last month, Eamon Bradley was found not guilty of possessing grenades with the intent to endanger life in connection with his time in the Middle East warzone.

The jury in Derry Crown Court was unable to return a verdict on three counts linked to allegations he attended a training camp and received instructions on the use of AK47 assault rifles, two other firearms and a grenade.

After reviewing the outcome of the trial, Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service has decided Bradley (28) from the Coshquin area of Derry, will face another trial at Derry Crown Court on those charges on dates between March and October 2014.

The original trial was the first case of its type taken in Northern Ireland.

Bradley was alleged to have been involved with a Syrian rebel group opposed to the government of President Bashar Assad and Islamic State.

The prosecution case was based on interviews he gave to police after he was arrested in Northern Ireland over images of him apparently posing with guns posted on social media.

Bradley was not in court to hear he will stand trial again in late August, early September, following the summer recess.

However, his defence QC Brian McCartney was able to secure a reduction in Bradley's bail terms.

While he will still have to report to the police, however the need for a curfew between 11pm and 7am was lifted.

Judge Brian Sherrard adjourned the case to be mentioned again early next month when the actual date for the retrial to be fixed.


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