Northern Ireland

Date set for Thomas 'Slab' Murphy court appeal

A date has been set for an appeal by a republican who is challenging a decision to try him for tax offences in an Irish court normally used for terrorism cases.

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy from Hackballscross, County Louth, faces nine counts of failing to file tax returns between 1996 and 2004.

He was sent for trial at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin by Dundalk District Court in November 2008.

His appeal will be heard in June.

He launched a legal challenge after the Dundalk District Court ruling.

A judge ruled at a subsequent appeal that the 61-year-old's rights had been breached but said his trial should go ahead in the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Murphy then launched a new bid to prevent his case being heard in the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

The appeal is due be to heard in the High Court on 1 June.

Mr Murphy, who was in court for the brief hearing, was remanded on continuing bail, pending the outcome of the High Court challenge.

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