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NI man held in Germany for 1996 Army base attack

By AP Reporters

German police have arrested a 47-year-old man from north Belfast on suspicion of taking part in an IRA attack on a British barracks in Germany 20 years ago.

James Anthony Oliver Corry, a British citizen, was arrested on Tuesday at Frankfurt airport after being deported from Ireland.

Federal prosecutors said Corry was brought before a judge on Wednesday and ordered to be held in jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

Prosecutors added they believed that Corry was part of an IRA unit that fired three mortar shells into the grounds of the Quebec Barracks in Osnabruck on June 28, 1996.

Only one of the shells detonated on the property, damaging buildings and vehicles but injuring no one.

The IRA killed nearly 1,800 people from 1970 to July 2005, when it formally renounced violence.

Last year, Sunday Life tracked former New Lodge man Corry to his home in Killorglin, Co Kerry.

"The Germans are obviously pushing for this, I can't explain what way they're thinking," said the father-of-one.

"They've got nearly a million refugees - it's as if they didn't have enough problems.

"Ask the Germans why they want me, tell them about the peace process. I don't think the Germans are very aware of what's been going on here."

But Corry - who played an RUC officer in the BBC film Precious Blood starring Amanda Burton, and a British Army squaddie in a Channel 4 production called High Boot Benny - appeared resigned to being sent to Germany.

"They want me extradited and I think that's what's going to happen," he said.

Corry also claimed that he was never involved with the IRA and had not received a so-called comfort letter from the British authorities.

Corry denies having any involvement in terrorist activities and has received support from Sinn Fein to fight his case.

The only person convicted over the attack was former soldier Michael Dickson, who was sentenced to six-and-a-half years for attempted murder.

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