FG seeks clarification on Colombia Three extradition

Fine Gael is reportedly calling on the Government to clarify the status of the extradition request for the so-called Colombia Three.

Fine Gael is reportedly calling on the Government to clarify the status of the extradition request for the so-called Colombia Three.

Reports this morning said the call followed major differences between the Irish and Colombian authorities over whether the request had been rejected or not.

Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and Jim Monaghan, who all have republican connections, were convicted in 2003 of training anti-government rebels in the South American country

They were sentenced to 17 years each in prison, but they skipped the country and have since returned to Ireland, which has no extradition treaty with Colombia.

Reports this morning said Colombian sources believed the Irish authorities had rejected their extradition request, but the Department of Justice was insisting that no final decision had been made.

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