It has been confirmed that the three Irishmen, Martin McCauley, James Monaghan and Niall Connolly, who left prison in Bogota late last night are now at an undisclosed location in Colombia.

Magistrates have refused a request from the men that they be allowed to return to Ireland pending the outcome of an appeal by prosecutors against their acquittal on a charge of training left-wing FARC guerrillas.

The three were found guilty of the lesser charge of travelling on false passports.

They have spent almost three years in prison in Bogota.

Campaigners disappointed with decision

Sinn Féin's Caitriona Ruane and Spokesperson for the Bring Them Home committee has said she is disappointed at the decision.

Speaking from Bogota, Ms Ruane called on the Taoiseach to renew his appeal to the Colombian Government for the appeal process in the case to be speeded up. 

She added that the three men believe their lives are in danger while they have to remain in Columbia.