Three men charged with assisting dissident ’meeting’ at Derry cemetery

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A heavy police presence is expected at Derry Courthouse tomorrow morning when three men are due to appear on charges related to alleged dissident republican activity in the city.

Police confirmed this evening that the three, aged 50, 42 and 27, have been charged with assisting in arranging a meeting addressed by a member of a proscribed organisation.

It is believed the charges are in connection with an investigation into “terrorism offences” at the Easter commemoration at the City Cemetery in Derry last April. The men were arrested in Derry on Wednesday and taken to the PSNI’s Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

During the commemoration in the City Cemetery on Easter Monday last year, organised by the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, a masked member of the Real IRA read out a statement threatening police officers.

The three men who have been charged in connection with the matter, are due to appear before Derry Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Friday).