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Loyalist accused told to leave NI
The Alexandra Bar in York Street was searched
The pair were arrested after a police raid on a north Belfast bar
A judge has given two north Belfast loyalists three weeks to get out of Northern Ireland after he was told they had received death threats.

Garry Mackenzie, 35, and Alan John McClean, 19, were among 17 men arrested when police raided the Alexandra Bar in the York Road area last March.

Both men are on bail awaiting trial on a charge of helping to organise a meeting in support of the UDA/UFF.

But the high court heard they are now under threat from the "mainstream UDA".

Police had applied for a review of a condition of their bail that they must reside at addresses in Northern Ireland approved by the police.

The reason, Crown lawyer Charles McKay said, was that the lives of both men were at risk following death threats from what he described as the "mainstream UDA".

"Police believe they would be a target wherever they lived in Northern Ireland and a great deal of manpower is being expended safeguarding them," Mr McKay said.

A defence lawyer questioned the validity of the death threats but Mr Justice Weatherup said he accepted that police were satisfied there was a continuing and serious threat to the men's lives.

He said the court had to take account of the threat to the men and also to the public should violence break out and on balance he had decided to require them to live outside Northern Ireland where the risk to their lives would be diminished.

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