Dissidents in Northern Ireland using illegal lottery tickets to raise funds for crime

Sun, 26/05/2019 - 14:11 -- Editor

A 32 year old man arrested in the Strabane area yesterday, Saturday 25 May, under the Terrorism Act by detectives from PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation as part of an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity linked to the Irish Republican Movement and New IRA has been released without charge.

The suspect has been rearrested under PACE legislation and continues to be questioned at Musgrave Police Station.

Detective Inspector Andrew Hamlin said: “The suspect has been arrested on suspicion of benefits fraud and being involved in an illegal lottery described as ‘E2 Republican Prisoners Portlaoise’.

“Police would take this opportunity to advise members of the public not to purchase these lottery tickets as they are illegal and are funding organised criminality and terrorism.”