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Men remanded on kidnap charges

Four Belfast men have appeared in court charged in connection with the alleged abduction of a dissident republican in the city.
Gerard McCrory, 32, of Dermot Hill Road, Liam Rainey, 30 of New Barnsley Crescent, Harry Fitzsimmons, 35, of St James Gardens and Thomas Tolan, 32, of Ballymurphy Parade appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday.

They are accused of beating and unlawful imprisoning Bobby Tohill who was taken from a city centre bar on Friday evening.

They were remanded in custody for four weeks.

The men are also charged with having items including metal cudgels, pepper spray, disposable clothing and a van in circumstances likely to be of use to terrorists.

The director of public prosecutions told the court that a fourth charge of membership of a proscribed organisation, which all four had faced, would not be proceeded with.

The court was told all four made no reply when charged.

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