31/07/2014

Woman Charged With Terrorism Offences

A woman has been charged with terrorism offences after she allegedly tried to identify individual's currently under the PSNI Witness Protection Scheme.

The offences are said to have occurred when the woman, aged 32, worked for the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. She is accused of collecting information that is likely to be useful to terrorists and misconduct in public office.

It is understood she was arrested in Belfast on Monday. She is due to appear at Laganside Magistrates' Court today (31 July).

A second woman, aged 28, was also arrested on Monday and has since been released pending further enquiries.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the PSNI said: "The Police Service of Northern Ireland takes its Witness Protection obligations extremely seriously and continually reviews measures to keep individuals safe.

"Under the terms of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005, it is an offence to disclose the identities of individuals subject to protection arrangements. As such, police will not be doing so in this case."

(JP/MH)

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