Pair facing trial over Provisional IRA charges

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Two men are to stand trial after Easter on charges of membership of the Provisional IRA and addressing meetings on behalf of the banned organisation.

At Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday, Judge Brian Sherrard set the trial date for Monday, April 13.

Sean Gerard Hughes, 52, of Aghadavoyle Road, Jonesborough, and Padraic Wilson, 55, of Hamill Park, Andersonstown, west Belfast, were not present in court for the review hearing.

Last month during separate arraignment hearings, both men pleaded not guilty to a charge that on a date unknown between February 1, 2005 and March 7 2005, in Belfast they “addressed a meeting and the purpose of his address was to encourage support for a proscribed organisation, namely, the Irish Republican Army, or to further its activities’’.

This related to a meeting in Clonard Monastery in west Belfast.

The defendants further denied a similar charge of addressing a meeting at Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne on a date between February 25, 2005 and March 9, 2005.

The men also denied that on a date unknown between February 1, 2005 and March 7, 2005 they “professed to belong to a proscribed organisation, namely, the Irish Republican Army’’.

They further pleaded not guilty to a fourth charge of belonging to a proscribed organsation between January 1, 2005 and March 31, 2005.