Charged over Omagh bombing
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
PROMINENT republican Seamus Daly has been charged with murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing in 1998.
Daly, who is from Culloville but has been living in Jonesborough, was arrested in Newry last Monday by the PSNI serious crime squad while taking his wife to a maternity appointment at Daisy Hill Hospital.
On Thursday evening he was charged with 33 offences including the murder of 29 people - one of which was the mother of unborn twins. Two other charges relate to the Omagh bombing and the remaining are connected to an attempted explosion in Lisburn city centre in April 1998.
Daly appeared at Dungannon Magistrates' Court on Friday where he was remanded in custody. A detective told the court that the case against him is based on forsenic, phone and witness evidence.
The court was told that Daly said "no comment" to questions during a number of interviews but presented a pre-pared written statement to officers denying the charges.
The detective said the decision to charge Daly was taken in consultation with the highest level of the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) after reviewing a range of evidence which allegedly link him to the atrocity.
Daly's solicitor Dermot Fee described the evidence as "nothing new that hasn't been available for a long number of years", adding that Daly's wife is due to give birth any day.
However the detective opposed bail saying that when Daly was stopped by police he pretended to be his brother and was only formally identified through fingerprint analysis.
Judge Paul Conway said Daly, who previously pleaded guilty to IRA membership in the south, was a potential flight risk and refused bail.
Daly has already been found liable for the Omagh bombing in a landmark civil case when he and another man were ordered to pay £1.6 millions to families of those murdered.
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