Prominent Sinn Fein Member Held on Weapons Charges
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) _ A prominent member of Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army’s legal political wing, and another man were ordered held in custody Tuesday on weapons charges.
Owen Carron, 32, a former member of the British Parliament, and James Gerard Maguire, were arraigned in Enniskillen, in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, on charges of possessing of a rifle and ammunition on Dec. 19.
Carron, a Sinn Fein member, was also charged with having information likely to be useful to terrorists.
Carron was a passenger in a car driven by Maguire which was stopped at a police roadblock.
Both men were remanded into custody pending a hearing in a Belfast court on Dec. 31.
About 50 Sinn Fein supporters gathered on the sidewalk opposite the courthouse while the arraignment hearing was under way behind tight security. A police inspector, who was not identified for security reasons, told the court that neither man replied when they were charged. The men said through their lawyer that they would contest the charges.