Maze escaper remanded on kidnapping charges

Maze escaper Brendan ``Bik'' Mc Farlane was remanded until next October by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin on charges connected with the 1983 kidnap of supermarket executive Don Tidey.

Maze escaper Brendan ``Bik'' Mc Farlane was remanded until next October by the Special Criminal Court in Dublin on charges connected with the 1983 kidnap of supermarket executive Don Tidey.

Mc Farlane, aged 49, of Jamaica Street in Belfast, is charged with falsely imprisoning Mr Tidey in 1983 and with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at Derrada Wood, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim between November 25 and December 16,1983.

Mc Farlane's solicitor Mr James Mac Guill told the court that judicial review proceedings are still pending in the High Court and it was unlikely that they would be determined before next October.

The court remanded Mc Farlane on continuing bail of €127,000 until October 1st.

Mc Farlane was arrested by gardai in January, 1998 and charged then in connection with the Tidey kidnap.

Mc Farlane was the leader of the IRA prisoners at the Maze prison and escaped in the mass break out from the prison in September,1983.

He was later arrested in Amsterdam, extradited to Northern Ireland and released on parole from the Maze in 1997.

Supermarket executive Don Tidey was kidnapped by an IRA gang in 1983 and rescued after 23 days in captivity.

A trainee garda and a member of the Defence Forces were killed in a shoot out with the kidnap gang.

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