Orde seeks to revoke bail of prominent Belfast loyalist

PSNI chief constable Hugh Orde is seeking to have a prominent Belfast loyalist returned to jail for attending an alleged UDA meeting in the city last week.

PSNI chief constable Hugh Orde is seeking to have a prominent Belfast loyalist returned to jail for attending an alleged UDA meeting in the city last week.

Ihab Shoukri, whose brother Andre is the leader of the UDA in north Belfast, is currently on bail awaiting trial for alleged membership of the loyalist paramilitary group.

The 31-year-old was among 17 men arrested during a dramatic police raid on the Alexandra Bar last Thursday night.

However, he was not among the 11 men who were charged in court yesterday with arranging a meeting in support of the UDA.

The PSNI has claimed the meeting on Thursday night was a dress rehearsal for a planned show of strength by the loyalist paramilitary group the following night.

Mr Orde is taking a High Court case today seeking to have Mr Shoukri returned to prison for breaching his bail conditions.

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