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Man formally charged for 1998 Omagh bombing

[JURIST] Alleged Real IRA [BBC backgrounder] member Sean Gerard Hoey was formally charged Thursday with murdering 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bombing [BBC backgrounder], the worst terrorist attack in Northern Ireland history. Hoey had been being held for earlier charges of possessing explosives and his alleged membership with the Real IRA. The only other conviction made in connection with the Omagh bombing was in 2002 against Colm Murphy, but it was later quashed for mishandling of evidence [JURIST report]. Victims relatives are hopeful to bring the perpetrators to justice. AFP has more.

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