FOUR people arrested by detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch, investigating an under-vehicle improvised explosive device that was placed under the car of a serving police officer in Eglinton on 18 June 2015, have been released unconditionally.
The arrests of three men, aged 29, 38 and 46, and a 32 year old woman were made in Belfast, Derry and Pomeroy on Thursday, 26th October.
All four were detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act and taken the serious crime custody suite at Musgrave police station in Belfast for questioning.
People arrested under the Terrorism Act must be charged, released pending report to the Public Prosecution Service or released unconditionally – bail is not permitted under this legislation.
During the incident in 2015, the police officer wife of the PSNI officer banged the bedroom window of the house in Eglinton after she spotted a man placing the device under the family car parked in the driveway.
Earlier this month, Sean McVeigh from Lurgan was ordered to stand trial in the New Year accused to trying to murder the police officer and possession of UIVED device under the car.
Hours after the murder bid, McVeigh was one of three men arrested by Gardai in Co Donegal under the Offences Against the State Act.
All three were later released but was arrested at Portadown train station in May 2016 after catching a train from Dublin where he had remained since his arrest by Gardai.
During a bail hearing in November 2016, prosecutors claimed in court that tests revealed a low amount of RDX explosive component on the clothing that had been seized from him in Donegal.
The prosecution alleged there was material pointing to McVeigh being the person who actually placed the device under the officer’s car.
In March this year two men, aged 29 and 32, were detained in Dublin by Gardaí under a European Arrest Warrant issued by the PSNI.
They were also questioned about possession of explosives with intent to endanger life in connection with the attempted bombing in Eglinton.
Both men are currently awaiting extradition proceedings before the High Court in Dublin.Tags: