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Date Posted: Sat, Sep 30 2006, 4:30:00 PDT
Author: Irish Fredom Committee NewsList
Subject: Three Irish POWs Repatriated To Ireland

Three Irish POWs Repatriated To Ireland
Posted on 30/9/2006 at 03:51:32 by Irish Freedom Committee NewsList

Three Irish POWs Repatriated To Ireland
Posted on September 29, 2006 at 08:42:30 PM by Irish Freeddom committee NewsList

Three Irish POWs Repatriated To Ireland
September 27, 2006

The Irish Freedom Committee® NewsList - IFC Updates http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ifcnewslist/

Please send a card today to each of three Irish Republican POWs successfully repatriated to Portlaoise Gaol this week.

Michael McDonald, Declan Rafferty and Fintan Paul O'Farrell have finally been repatriated to Portlaoise prison in Ireland, after a sustained struggle with the Free State Justice Department that has cruelly dragged on for the past three years.

The Irish Freedom Committee would like to thank all of our members and supporters who have lobbied the Free State Justice Department to allow Michael, Declan and Fintan to return to Ireland to serve out their sentences, as has been their right since 2002. We are disgusted that this process took four years to be completed, as any British prisoner would have been promptly returned to an English jail in far less time had the situation been the other way around.

Please write to Michael, Declan and Fintan and welcome them home!

Michael McDonald
Declan Rafferty
Fintan Paul O'Farrell

Portlaoise Prison, E2
Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Ireland


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http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/POWs/POW_news_aug2005.htm#slovakia3

Sunday Independent
July 13, 2005

Extradition of Real IRA activists 'bypassed legal codes'

THE UK government bypassed fundamental legal principles in securing the extradition from Slovakia of three Real IRA activists who were snared by British secret service agents posing as Iraqi arms dealers, the Appeal Court in London heard yesterday.

The three were all jailed for 30 years at Woolwich Crown Court in 2002.

In a case said to have wide ramifications for the conduct of future terrorism trials, Michael McDonald, Declan Rafferty, and Fintan O'Farrell are battling to overturn their convictions for alleged terrorism offences on grounds that their extradition to face trial was illegal.

All three men - from Co Louth - are said by the prosecution to have been members of a Real IRA cell which travelled to Slovakia in early 2001 on orders to secure cash and arms after their leader, Michael McKevitt, became interested in "state sponsorship for his activities".

Britain's security services had learnt of his interest, and lured the trio to Slovakia, the court heard.

The 'sting' culminated in the trio's arrest by Slovak police in July 2001.

After a protracted legal dispute they were then extradited to the UK. The trio's counsel Julian Knowles told Lord Justice Hooper the three were brought to the UK for trial in circumstances which "offended" their basic human right "to have their liberty from detention tested before the courts".

The hearing is set to last two days.

http://www.irishfreedomcommittee.net/POWs/POW_news_aug2005.htm#slovakia3

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