The arrest in Northern Ireland of an
independent republican candidate on charges of attempted murder was an
abuse of the democratic process, and a return to the dark ages of
political policing, a court heard today.
Gerry McGeough, a Sinn Féin defector who stood unsuccessfully for
election to the Northern Ireland assembly, was arrested as he left the
counting centre in Omagh last Thursday.
His lawyer told Enniskillen magistrates court that police were relying
on evidence gathered in 1994, and statements from two witnesses, to charge
Mr McGeough with attempting to shoot dead a part-time Ulster Defence
Regiment soldier in June 1981.