McDowell insists gardaí will travel to Colombia

Justice Minister Michael McDowell has insisted that gardaí will be travelling to South America as part of investigations into the Colombia Three.

Justice Minister Michael McDowell has insisted that gardaí will be travelling to South America as part of investigations into the Colombia Three.

The move was announced by a Government spokesman yesterday, but the gardaí subsequently said that such a visit was unlikely to happen.

Asked about the matter today, Mr McDowell said senior garda officials had confirmed to him that detectives would be sent to Colombia as part of their investigations.

The Colombia Three - Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan - fled Colombia after being convicted of training anti-government rebels in the South American country.

They recently returned to Ireland and turned themselves into gardaí before being released without charge.

Experts have predicted that they are unlikely to be sent back to Colombia due to the lack of an extradition treaty and the country's poor human rights record.

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