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Early release licence of Jason Ceulemans revoked

The early release licence of Jason Ceulmans has been revoked
Connla Young

The early release licence of a former republican prisoner based in Derry has been revoked.

Hardline party Saoradh said in a statement last night that its Derry chairman Jason Ceulemans was detained on Thursday.

In 2014 he was one of three men convicted of possessing an armoured-piercing device known as an explosively formed projectile (EFP) in Derry two years previously.

He had been travelling in a car stopped by police in the Creggan area of the city in 2012.

Ceulemans and his co-accused Damien Harkin and Neil Christopher Hegarty were sentenced to five years each with five years on supervised licence on their release.

The men pleaded guilty to possessing the device to enable some other person to endanger life or cause serious injury to property.

A Saoradh spokesman last night said the Derry republican's detention is linked to his attendance at an Easter commemoration in the city in April and claimed he had been given permission to attend by the Multi-Agency Risk Arrangements body - which supervises former paramilitary prisoners.

It is understood he was questioned by police about his attendance at the parade earlier this month.

Saoradh spokesman Paddy Gallagher last night said: "This tactic is being employed every time republicanism evolves in an attempt to try and stifle legitimate political activism.

"It's clear that this is an attack on Saoradh, and it's members who are on licence."

The PSNI was contacted.

The Department of Justice was contacted.

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