8/07/2005

Colombia 3 here to stay despite government fury

The Colombian government has formally requested the men's return, but legal sources suggested it was highly unlikely that the men - Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and James Monaghan - couldbe sentback to Colombia
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In a recent extradition case before the High Court,Mr Justice O'Sullivan ruled that an Irish priest charged with sex abuse in the US could not be extradited because his constitutional rights would be endangered in Arizona. It is likely that lawyers for the men would make a similar argument if there was any attempt tosend them back to Colombia.

Caitriona Ruane, a campaigner for the three men and a Sinn Féin assembly member, told The Sunday Business Post that they had received legal advice suggesting it is highly unlikely that the government could extradite them

The Department of Justice said that Ireland would "fulfil its international obligations subject to the scrutiny of the Irish court"

Which means you are as safe as houses boys!!

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