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Written Question
New IRA: Weapons
Monday 28th September 2020

Asked by: Baroness Deech (Crossbench - Life peer)

Question to the Northern Ireland Office:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the New IRA has imported weapons from Hezbollah.

Answered by Viscount Younger of Leckie - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Noble Baroness will be aware that in August officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland made a number of arrests under the Terrorism Act in connection with an ongoing investigation into the activities of the New IRA. Ten people have now been charged with a range of terrorism offences. To ensure that any subsequent prosecutorial proceedings are not compromised, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.