Marvin Canning back in court

Marvin Canning, brother-in-law of Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, has been charged with two terrorist offences in connection with a  32 County Sovereignty Movement Easter Monday parade in Londonderry.

An unrelated prosecution against Mr Canning was stayed in November last year when late disclosure of “pivotal” statements by prosecutors had “resulted in such potential prejudice as to render any trial unfair”.

According to today’s BBC report,

Mr Canning, who was arrested on Tuesday, is charged with arranging, managing or assisting in arranging or managing a meeting which he knew to be in support of a proscribed organisation namely the IRA.

He is further charged with aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring persons wearing the uniform of a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA.

And UTV reports

On Thursday, Bishop Street Courthouse heard that a police helicopter filmed Marvin Canning driving a white van that was used to transport the Real IRA colour party to the cemetery.

Mr Canning admits driving the men but he denies having any prior knowledge of the incident.

He told detectives that his van was stopped by two masked men who told him to go to Bligh’s Lane in Creggan.

He says that it was there that the Real IRA group got into his vehicle and told him to drive them to the cemetery.

And from the BBC report

A PSNI detective sergeant told District Judge Barney McElholm that members of a police helicopter video team recorded the defendant driving members of a paramilitary colour party at the Easter Monday commemoration event.

He said the police were objecting to the defendant being granted bail because they believed he may interfere with witnesses at that he may pervert the course of justice.

Applying for bail, defence solicitor Peter Corrigan said his client had told police officers that he did not agree with comments made by a masked man at the commemoration event.

The man, puportedly from the Real IRA, threatened members of the PSNI and members of the nationalist and republican communities who supported the police.

Mr Corrigan also said his client had no relevant previous convictions.

The district judge released the defendant on his own bail of £1,000 together with one surety of £1,000 to appear in court again on 7 July.

As well as the electronic tagging and he must observe an 8pm to 8am curfew. He was further ordered to reside at an address in Galliagh Park.

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