Ahern denies knowledge of Colombia Three return

The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said today that the Irish Government did not do any deal to facilitate the return of the Colombia Three to Ireland and that the first he heard of their return was yesterday.

The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said today that the Irish Government did not do any deal to facilitate the return of the Colombia Three to Ireland and that the first he heard of their return was yesterday.

Niall Connolly, James Monaghan and Martin McCauley turned up back in Ireland this week.

The three men had been missing from Colombia since last December.

They were sentenced to 17 years in prison in Colombia for training FARC rebels.

There is no extradition treaty between Ireland and Colombia but the country's vice-president Francisco Santos said yesterday that Ireland had a legal and moral obligation to return the men.

Mr Ahern said that any extradition request will be dealt with by the courts, but that no such request has yet been received by the Irish Government.

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