Ciaran Shiels, solicitor from Madden & Finucane who was representing the two Derry men arrested following high profile searches in the Creggan and Pennyburn areas, confirmed he had just secured their unconditional release from Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.
Police alleged that tens of thousands of pounds was robbed from an individual on Meadowbank Avenue on 15th January by an armed gunman and that this was an IRA fundraising operation.
“Both clients’ homes were raided yesterday by large numbers of PSNI officers. I represented both men who were interviewed in relays by detectives throughout the night and this morning.
“Both men strenuously deny any involvement. I can confirm that not a single shred of evidence was put to them which was incriminating in any way.
“We are currently bringing both men back to their families in Derry. We are also advising both clients in relation to issuing proceedings for unlawful arrest and detention.”