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Dessie O'Hare is bailed as he battles extradition

By Alan Erwin

Former INLA man Dessie O'Hare has been granted bail as he fights extradition over his alleged role in the imprisonment of a Dublin family.

O'Hare (60), who was once known as the 'Border Fox', will be released from custody once a £20,000 cash surety is lodged, a judge in Belfast ruled.

He is also to be banned from leaving Northern Ireland and must report to police daily.

O'Hare was detained at his Slaterock Road home in Newtownhamilton, Co Armagh, early on Tuesday morning in what was described as a special operation in the area.

He is wanted in the Republic of Ireland in connection with three counts of false imprisonment, threats to kill, grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

The alleged offences relate to an incident at Garters Lane in Saggart, south Dublin in June last year.

With the ex-republican having confirmed he does not consent to extradition, a full hearing is due to take place next month.

Lawyers for the Irish authorities opposed his release until then, claiming he could flee.

They argued that he is being sought in connection with serious offences of violence and intimidation.

Counsel for O'Hare rejected claims that he would go on the run.

Sean Devine argued: "Are they really suggesting he's going to be an international fugitive over somebody getting chucked out of the house."

With his Irish passport in the hands of the authorities, Her Honour Judge Patricia Smyth ruled there were enough safeguards to grant bail.

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