Government urged to halt Colombia trial

The Government is being asked to request the halting of the trial of three Irish men who are charged with training FARC rebels in Colombia.

The Government is being asked to request the halting of the trial of three Irish men who are charged with training FARC rebels in Colombia.

The call comes from the Irish delegation which has just returned from attending the controversial trial of Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan in the Colombian capital Bogota this week.

The Irish delegation to Colombia included Fianna Fail Senator Mary White, Sean Crowe of Sinn Fein, Independent TD Finian McGrath and Paul Hill who was a member of the Guildford Four.

The delegation described the trial as a farce.

They say the enourmous pre-trial publicity has already contaminated the case and makes it impossible for Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan to get a fair hearing.

Catriona Ruane of the Bring them Home Campaign says the trial should be halted and the men should be sent home to show that there is justice in Colombia.

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