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IRA Suspect Says Allegations Are False

A Catholic man charged with gathering documents for the Irish Republican Army accused police on Thursday of making false allegations in an operation to wreck Northern Ireland’s former power-sharing government. Ciaran Kearney, reading a prepared statement to a preliminary hearing in Belfast Magistrates Court, revealed that state prosecutors had dropped some charges against him without explanation that morning. He accused the police’s secretive intelligence-gathering arm, Special Branch, of committing an “act of political subversion.” The court ruled that Kearney and his two co-defendants — Denis Donaldson, the former legislative chief of the Sinn Fein party, and former British civil servant William Mackessy — should stand trial for a range of spying-related charges. It set no date for the trial. Full Story

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