13 May 2004 Edition

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Efforts to bring home Colombia 3 must be intensified

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has called for the campaign to bring home the Colombia Three to be intensified in the coming days.

"For two weeks now we have witnessed the farcical situation whereby three Irishmen, who have been found not guilty of the serious charges that they faced, continue to be detained in La Modela, which is one of the most dangerous prisons in the world," he said.

"The men are in constant danger and the only way that their safety can be guaranteed is if they are allowed to return home immediately.

"Given that the Attorney General has now lodged an appeal and it is not clear how long this process will take, the men should be allowed to travel home. I would call on the government to do all in their power to ensure that this happens."

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