Man 'possessed terrorist cook book'

Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014
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A Londonderry man has pleaded to bomb making offences and having a terrorist 'cook book' after appearing in court.

Man 'possessed terrorist cook book'
Kevin Concannon's house was searched twice in June 2013. (© UTV)

Kevin Barry Concannon, 40 and of Beechwood Avenue, Edenballymore, in the city, appeared in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Tuesday to be arraigned on a total of nine charges.

The charges relate to two police searches of his home which were carried out in June 2013 during follow up enquiries into a foiled mortar bomb attack in Derry three months earlier.

His defence counsel asked that Concannon be arraigned on six of the charges he faces as he planned to lodge a 'No Bill' application to three other counts.

Concannon pleaded not guilty to

* possession of explosives with intent to endanger life;

* possession of explosive substances, namely aluminium granules, magnesium ribbon and metal springs;

* possession of a magazine in suspicious circumstances;

* collecting information likely to be of use to terrorists, namely pictures of Merseyside Police Headquarters between 25 October - 28 October, 2012;

*possession of an 'Anarchist's Cookbook' likely to be useful to a person committing an act of terrorism;

*and possession of a deactivated machine gun, a set of number plates, smoke cannisters and a thunder flash likely to be of use in the commission, preparation, or instigation in an act of terrorism.

His defence counsel said the 'No Bill' application related to a number of items found outside Concannon's home, including the high explosive PETN which was allegedly found in a coal bunker in the rear of the house along with a number of blank cartridges.

Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland said he would hear the 'No Bill' application this Friday.

The judge remanded Concannon back into custody and provisionally set a trial date for this June.

© UTV News
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Taxi Paul in Belfast wrote (318 days ago):
The Anarchist's Cookbook? Anyone with any level of knowledge of chemistry would know that the Anarchist cookbook is full of what can only be called urban myths. It is something a teenager would believe. In this case there may or may not have been an intention to do something naughty and the other items would cause me concern or at least raise my eyebrows but it is a dangerous line to cross when you start making books illegal. Moreso when the book in question gives false information. So would che guevara's books now be illegal or some of Martin Dillons books that describe how terrorists avoided forensic science or detail terrorist techniques. Some books written in the 1600s detail how to make gunpowder as do many of the books about the English civil war. I just checked my Collier encyclopedia set and I am wondering if the police would like to ban them as well. I have a book about nuclear weapons but it does not mean I am trying to develop them. Are these books illegal? Should dangerous books be banned maybe Hitlers mein Kampf or Karl marx, osama bin laden wrote, maybe the Qur'an or the bible Possession of explosives is a very serious matter owning a book is not I also vaguely remember a similar case many years ago. I do wish the police familiarised themselves with case law and previous rulings. We have a basic right to free speech and freedom of expression. This should be defended no matter what the cost.
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