Man extradited to North in connection with 2004 abduction

A man has been extradited back to the North and is due to appear at Belfast Crown Court in connection with the abduction of well known republican Bobby Tohill.

A man has been extradited back to the North and is due to appear at Belfast Crown Court in connection with the abduction of well known republican Bobby Tohill.

Liam Rainey, aged 37, formerly of Ballymurphy Road and New Barnsley in Belfast, pleaded guilty to the 2004 kidnapping but jumped bail before sentencing.

Mr Rainey was one of four men who pleaded guilty to the kidnapping of Mr Tohill. but he fled after his conviction and was finally detained in Meath on a European Arrest Warrant last year.

The three other men were sentenced to between six and a half and eight years for the abduction.

Rainey fought against his extradition back to the North but without success.

He was handed over to the PSNI this morning and is due in Belfast Crown Court this afternoon.

Mr Tohill was taken from Kelly's Cellar Bar in Belfast but his abduction was intercepted by police who found him bleeding and with head injuries in the back of a van along with four other men in surgical gloves and forensic suits.

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