Clause 1

Part of Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Education) 5:00 pm, 16th January 2007

Does the Minister accept that increasingly many of the terrorist organisations based in Northern Ireland are involved in international criminal activities, according to briefings by both the police and the Government? Those criminal activities may stretch to mainland Britain or the Republic of Ireland. If the people responsible are apprehended in Northern Ireland and there is a danger that they would seek to intimidate a jury, would the case be required to go to a jury trial because the activities were not connected to Northern Ireland? Would a trial be heard in a non-jury court for criminal activities that take place outside Northern Ireland?