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Colombia-Ireland political row brews over IRA suspects

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Colombia-Ireland political row brews over IRA suspects


A diplomatic storm is brewing between Colombia and Ireland over the extradition of three IRA suspects. The trio who were sentenced to 17 years in prison by a Colombian court for training Marxist rebels on bomb making have unexpectedly re-appeared in Ireland and Colombia wants them back. One of the fugitives Jim Monaghan spoke on Irish TV: “Do you consider yourself on the run?”, he was asked. “No, I am back and I would hope that I’d be left in peace and the Irish government were quite good during the time we were away and the Taioseach asked that we be sent back while we were waiting on the appeal,” Monaghan replied. The three were arrested in Colombia in 2001, though they were acquitted an appeal overturned that decision, but by then they had already disappeared. The trio claim they were in Colombia to learn about the peace process and reject charges they were training rebels on making IRA style weaponry.

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