Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

No extradition for McAliskey

An Ulster woman wanted for trial about a 1996 IRA bombing in Germany will not be extradited, the courts service said.

Roisin McAliskey (35) had been fighting efforts to send her to a German court over the attempted murder of soldiers at a British army barracks in Osnabruck.

The daughter of former MP Bernadette Devlin was arrested at her home in Coalisland last May and was on bail.

Her lawyers have argued that to extradite her would be an abuse of process as a previous application seven years ago was set aside on medical grounds.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Ireland Court Service said: "The Recorder of Belfast, Judge (Tom) Burgess, today refused an application to extradite Roisin McAliskey to Germany to face a charge of attempted murder on the basis that it would be oppressive because of the passage (of) time."

A lawyer for German prosecutors has claimed that there was evidence linking Ms McAliskey to the attack.

Judge Burgess heard the case in Belfast last month.

The Federal Public Prosecutor in Germany alleged Ms McAliskey was a member of a Provisional IRA active service unit which in June 1996 fired three mortar grenades in the direction of Quebec Barracks in Osnabruck.

No one was killed or injured but substantial damage was done to property at the base and surrounding houses.

Judge Burgess said the passage of time, Ms McAliskey's poor health and the birth of her two children reinforced his decision to refuse the application.

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