Trial of three Real IRA suspects opens in Paris

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PARIS, Nov 13, 2006 (AFP) - The trial of two Irishmen and a Frenchman with suspected links to the Irish Republican Army breakaway group the Real IRA got under way in Paris on Monday.

PARIS, Nov 13, 2006 (AFP) - The trial of two Irishmen and a Frenchman with suspected links to the Irish Republican Army breakaway group the Real IRA got under way in Paris on Monday.

Bernard Le Gac, a 57-year-old French bank employee, was arrested in November 2003 with five others following the discovery of an arms cache near Rouen in northwestern France believed to have been linked to the Real IRA.

As part of the enquiry French authorities also investigated Gary Roche et Kieron Doran, two Irish citizens aged 31 and 29 respectively.

Only Roche was present at Monday's trial having been arrested earlier this year in Portugal and held in France since.

The court heard evidence from an Irish policeman who alleged that Roche was a member of the Real IRA whose job it was to procure weapons. Roche denied ever having been a member of the IRA.

The court was also told a brief history of the Real IRA, a group which broke away from the IRA after the latter declared a ceasefire and carried out the 1998 Omagh bombing in which 29 people were killed and hundreds injured.

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