Six men have been unanimously acquitted of destroying property belonging to defence technology company Raytheon during an anti-war protest in Derry.

Author and journalist Eamonn McCann was among the six men acquitted.

As the jury were led from court in Belfast, the six men along with supporters who had packed the public gallery clapped and cheered in appreciation of the not guilty verdicts.

The protest at the centre of the case was linked to the alleged use of Raytheon weaponry in the Israeli military assault in Lebanon in July 2006 following Hezbollah assaults and rocket fire into Northern Israel.