Three men allegedly secretly recorded discussing a failed attempt to kill police as well as other terrorist activities on Tuesday went on trial in Belfast accused of offences including attempted murder, preparing and directing terrorism and IRA membership in December 2013.

A prosecution lawyer told Crown Court judge, Mr Justice O’Hara that the trio, 51-year-old Colin Duffy, 50-year-old Henry Fitzsimons and 57-year-old Alex McCrory (whose addresses can’t be given at this time) were covertly recorded and vidoed under an operation “code name Op Idealistic”.

All three deny preparing and directing terrorism, and membership or professing to be members of the IRA, while Fitzsimons and McCrory are also charged with and deny attempting to murder police and possessing of the two AK47 assault rifles and ammunition used in the attack.

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