A man has been charged with a range of offenses in relation to a security alert in Belfast that resulted in Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney being removed from a peace event.
r Coveney was evacuated from an event organized by the John and Pat Hume Foundation in north Belfast last Friday.
The Houben Center on Crumlin Road was evacuated and a funeral service at nearby Holy Cross Church was disrupted.
Police said the driver of a van was threatened by two gunmen and forced to drive what he believed was a live bomb to the church.
Detectives have charged a 40-year-old man with preparing acts of terrorism, kidnapping and planting an item that caused a scam bomb.
He will appear at Laganside Magistrates’ Court in Belfast on Thursday.
A 48-year-old woman who was also arrested as part of the investigation has been released.
The PSNI Serious Crime Unit carried out searches in the Ballysillan and Springmartin areas of north and west Belfast over the weekend.
A suspected firearm, two vehicles, a quantity of controlled drugs and a large sum of cash were seized.
Friday’s incident drew condemnation from politicians across the political spectrum.
Northern Ireland Foreign Secretary Brandon Lewis called it “reprehensible”.
https://www.independent.ie/news/man-charged-over-simon-coveney-security-threat-in-belfast-41505341.html Man charged with threatening Simon Coveney’s security in Belfast