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Man arrested over INLA probe, court told

By Alan Erwin ·

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A Belfast man was allegedly stopped in a stolen car as part of an investigation into INLA activities, a court has heard

A Belfast man was allegedly stopped in a stolen car as part of an investigation into INLA activities, a court has heard.

Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force arrested 39-year-old James Carlin and a second man, aged 42, on the Malone Road on Wednesday.

The operation is connected to the suspected theft of a BMW car during a burglary last month.

Carlin, of Clonfaddan Street, appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court accused of taking a motor vehicle without authority.

He faces further counts of driving while disqualified, having no insurance, and using false number plates.

Carlin is not charged with any burglary offences.

Opposing bail, a detective sergeant claimed there was a risk of re-offending. He said the case was part of an investigation into INLA activities.

Defence solicitor Pearse MacDermott stressed Carlin was never questioned about any suspected links to illegal groupings.

Mr MacDermott also pointed out his client has not been charged with paramilitary membership and strenuously denies any involvement.

Bail was refused, however, due to the risk of further offences.

Deputy District Judge Joe Rice remanded Carlin in custody to appear again by video-link on September 20.

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A Belfast man was allegedly stopped in a stolen car as part of an investigation into INLA activities, a court has heard