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Challenge over PSNI seizure of documents
12 March 2011 --
A member of the 32 County Sovereignty Group is to take legal action after police
seized electoral documents during a search of his home.
Solicitors for Anthony Lancaster (49) of Circular Road in Derry intends mounting
a legal challenge to the PSNI's seizure of the material on Tuesday.
The documents, which include the names of 32CSM supporters, were seized along
with a computer and other electronic equipment.
Mr Lancaster, a close associate and election worker for well-known Derry
dissident republican Gary Donnelly, was arrested during the search but later
Mr Lancaster said the forms were the property of Mr Donnelly's campaign team.
Mr Donnelly is standing as an independent republican in this years local
Solicitor Jack Quigley said a number of legal options were being considered.
"I believe there has been a potential interference with the electoral process,"
"They took three electoral registration forms with the names and addresses of
voters as well as blank forms and a blue A4 note pad with the names and
addresses of 30 people who had already been registered to vote."
A police spokeswoman confirmed that a search had taken place on Tuesday in
relation to serious crime.
She said two men were arrested for alleged public order offences and were
charged to appear in court later this month.