Real IRA man charged with 29 murders in Northern Ireland's 1998 Omagh bombing refused bail

An Irish Republican Army veteran has been refused bail at his arraignment on 29 charges of murder for the 1998 car-bombing of the Northern Ireland town of Omagh.

Seamus Daly did not speak or offer a plea during Friday's half-hour hearing at a court west of Belfast amid high police security.

Police testified that Daly replied "no comment" Thursday night when he was charged with mass murder, then he read a written statement denying involvement in the attack committed by the Real IRA faction.

Lawyers for the 43-year-old Daly argued that he would not jump bail to the Republic of Ireland, where IRA suspects often go to evade the British justice system. But the judge said he was likely to flee and ordered him jailed without bail.