Statement regarding MI5 and PSNI operation against the New IRA

Ciarán Shiels of Madden & Finucane is representing one of the Derry men arrested as part of the MI5 and PSNI operation against the New IRA.

He confirmed that “following an application by the PSNI to detain the 9 suspects for a further period of 5 days since their arrest yesterday, Judge Pat Lynch QC would only permit an additional 72 hours to question the detainees without judicial intervention after defence lawyers strongly objected to the manner in which the PSNI has been conducting interviews of the suspects thus far.

“Interviews will continue later tonight and the court will resume at 2pm on Saturday to consider any further time in police custody.”

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