Published Friday, 01 November 2013
Loyalist Johnny Adair was the alleged target of a terrorism plot a court heard. (© Getty)
The claim comes after a sixth man appeared in court charged with terrorism offences linked to dissident republican activity.
John Gorman, 56, is alleged to have acted with five others who have also been charged with planning to murder former high profile loyalist UDA men Adair and Samuel McCrory.
He was charged under Section 5 of the Act, which covers the preparation of terrorist acts, and with conspiracy to murder.
Gorman, from Irvine, North Ayrshire, made no plea or declaration when he appeared on petition in private at Glasgow Sheriff Court and was remanded in custody.
On Tuesday, five people with alleged links to dissident republicanism appeared separately in private at the court and were charged under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act and with conspiracy to murder.
Anton Duffy, 39, Martin Hughes, 34, and Stacy McAllister, 27, from Glasgow, Paul Sands, 30, from Ayr, and Edward McVeigh, 26, from Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, were arrested on Wednesday 23 October in an operation led by Police Scotland and involving PSNI officers and the security service.
It is alleged they tried to get a hold of firearms and explosives with a view to carrying out terrorist offences, including damage to property and murder of civilians.
All five made no plea or declaration and they were remanded in custody.
Following the arrests last week, Police Scotland said the operation focused on the "activities of individuals sympathetic to dissident republicanism but who are not affiliated to any specific group".
The five appeared in court amid heightened security with armed officers inside and outside the court building.
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