Man appears in N.Ireland court over Omagh bombing

11th April 2014, Comments 0 comments

A prominent Irish republican appeared in court in Northern Ireland on Friday charged with murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing in 1998, and was remanded in custody.

Seamus Daly, 43, has previously been found liable for the attack, which was claimed by the Real IRA paramilitary group, following a civil suit by some of the victims' families.

Daly was charged on Thursday with 29 counts of murder, two charges linked to the explosion in Omagh and two counts linked to an attempted explosion in Lisburn in April 1998.

He appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court, west of Belfast, on Friday morning as police kept guard outside.

No one has ever been convicted in a criminal court of the Omagh bombing, although Daly and three others were found liable for the attack in a civil case in 2009 and ordered to pay £1.6 million ($2.7 million, 1.9 million euros) in damages to the relatives.

Daly is originally from County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland but now lives in County Armagh in the British-controlled province of Northern Ireland.

© 2014 AFP

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