29/01/2007

Judge grants bail to Ihab Shoukri

The High Court has today granted bail to Belfast loyalist Ihab Shoukri.

However the judge, Mr Justice Weatherup, refused to consider documents claiming that he was a leading member of a loyalist paramilitary organisation and ordered him to live in England due to a number of death threats issued against him.

Mr Shoukri was released on bail of £500 and ordered to live at an address approved by police. He was also ordered to follow a curfew imposed by the court and to report to police on a daily basis.

During today's hearing, a prosecution lawyer said that he had documents to prove that Mr Shoukri was a leading paramilitary, however a defence lawyer said that this was not being given as evidence in the Crown Court hearing, therefore should not be considered during his application for bail.

Mr Shoukri was arrested in March 2006 during a police raid on a bar in the loyalist Tigers Bay area of north Belfast.

(EF/SP)

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