Govt examining Colombia Three extradition request

The Government is reportedly examining an extradition request from the Colombian authorities in relation to the three Irishmen convicted of training anti-government rebels in the South American country.

The Government is reportedly examining an extradition request from the Colombian authorities in relation to the three Irishmen convicted of training anti-government rebels in the South American country.

Reports this morning said the documentation was received by the Department of Foreign Affairs yesterday and passed to the Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell.

Niall Connolly, James Monaghan and Martin McCauley were originally acquitted of training Colombia's Marxist rebels in bomb-making techniques.

However, they were convicted following an appeal by the Colombian Attorney General and sentenced to 17 years each in prison.

The men jumped bail and re-emerged in Ireland earlier this year. They were questioned by gardaí before being released without charge.

Legal experts believe they are unlikely to be sent back due to the lack of an extradition treaty between Ireland and Colombia and concerns about the fairness of the men's trial.

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