A health care provider arrested in a serious operation towards the New IRA was caught up in a “soiled squabble” between MI5 and dissident Republicans, a court docket has heard.
A solicitor for Dr Issam Bassalat, 62, made the declare throughout an unsuccessful bail software.
The Palestinian attended an alleged New IRA management assembly in Omagh in July that was bugged by MI5.
He claims he was “misled” into going by an alleged MI5 agent.
Dr Bassalat, of Telford Highway, Edinburgh, faces a single cost of preparatory acts of terrorism.
He was arrested at Heathrow Airport final month.
A prosecuting lawyer informed Dungannon Magistrates Courtroom that the physician was a part of a plan by the New IRA to supply weapons.
He mentioned any suggestion that Dr Bassalat attended the assembly “as an harmless is extraordinary and unbelievable”.
Dr Bassalat’s lawyer mentioned his consumer had been “pestered” into going by an alleged MI5 agent, Dennis McFadden.
He informed the court docket: “He discusses Palestinian historical past. It might have been for any viewers.
“At no time does he talk about the importation of weapons or something overtly navy.”
He mentioned the accused has offered greater than 30 character references stating he’s an advocate of non-violence.
The court docket additionally heard he had met a co-accused, David Jordan, of Cappagh Highway, Dungannon, in Edinburgh in February.
‘At present in hospital’
The prosecution alleges reference was made to “our little undertaking” and getting “the ball rolling once more after lockdown”.
The court docket was informed Dr Bassalat is at the moment in hospital and has refused to offer the PIN quantity for his cell phone.
Refusing to launch him on bail, the decide mentioned: “The character of the alleged offending and being attentive to the prevalence of terrorist offences in Northern Eire and worldwide, and the character of those that commit such acts, leads me to discover a actual danger of additional offending.”
He additionally mentioned he thought-about the accused was a flight danger.