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28 October 1999 Edition

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Back issue: Magee extradition ordered

WHILE Dublin government Ministers and TDs were talking self-righteously about the release of the Guildford Four and condemning the British system of justice this week their courts were continuing the process of political extradition to that very same system.

In Green Street Courthouse a judge ordered the extradition of Paul `Dingus' Magee for his involvement in armed action against the British crown forces while Dublin man Dessie Ellis was remanded in continuing custody on British warrants seeking his extradition to face frame-up conspiracy charges in England.

The double standards of the 26 Counties authorities was highlighted by anti-extradition protestors who picketed Leinster House on Tuesday 24 October, the day the TDs returned after their interminable summer break. Members of Dessie Ellis' family were among the demonstrators in Kildare Street demanding the repeal of the political extradition laws and the release of the eight men currently held in Portlaoise Prison on British extradition warrants.

Protests maintained a vigil outside the gates of Leinster House through the night despite the rain. A 24-hour fast was maintained by a number of the demonstrators.

The news of the Guildford Four and the implications for political extradition were not discussed in Leinster House itself.

An Phoblacht, Thursday 26 October 1989.

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