Colombia to serve extradition papers

Monday 12 September 2005 08.07
Jeffrey Donaldson - Visited Colombia
Jeffrey Donaldson - Visited Colombia

The DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson has said that the Colombian foreign minister is to serve papers seeking the extradition of the three Irish men convicted of training FARC rebels within days.

Mr Donaldson has spent the past week in Colombia meeting security chiefs and the country's vice president, as well as victims of FARC.

Mr Donaldson said the Irish Government should use international law to extradite the men, and the absence of an extradition treaty should not prevent this.

It was revealed last month that James Monaghan, Niall Connolly and Martin McCauley were back in Ireland, having fled from Colombia last December after being sentenced to 17 years in jail for training rebel guerrillas.