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Saoradh says 14 members arrested in last three weeks in Derry

Derry Saoradh chairman Joe Barr (centre) said 14 members have been arrested and released without charge in the last three weeks. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

DISSIDENT republican party Saoradh has said 14 of its members have been arrested in the last three weeks in Derry.

It also said police have searched the homes of 10 members and claimed British intelligence made approaches to members and their families on two occasions.

At a press conference yesterday, Saoradh’s Derry chairman Joe Barr was joined by members he said had been arrested and released without charge, claiming that no evidence was put them during questioning.

Derry Saoradh chairman, Joe Barr (centre) said 14 of the organisation's members have been arrested and released without charge in the last three weeks. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

The party said the increased police focus started days before last month’s 'New IRA' car bomb which exploded at Derry’s Bishop Street courthouse.

Saoradh is supported by New IRA prisoners in Maghaberry and Portlaoise prisons.

Saoradh Derry chairman Joe Barr. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

Mr Barr said there has also been an increase in PSNI “stop and search” operations against members.

DUP assembly member Gary Middleton later said police must be operationally free to carry out their duties as they believe necessary.

“I don’t know the details of these cases but if these people believe they are being targeted unfairly, they should report it to the Police Ombudsman."

 

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