[Sinn Fein]

28 March 1998

Sinn Fein Criticises Extradition Move

Sinn Fein Vice President Pat Doherty today strongly criticised the serving of extradition warrants on Dublin man Andrew Martin. He was served the extradition warrants on his release from Portlaoise Prison this morning.The warrants on conspiracy charges relate to dates between November and December 1988

Mr. Doherty said:

``The decision to serve extradition warrants relating to conspiracy charges on Dublin man Andrew Martin must be strongly criticised, especially at this crucial period in the peace process.

``The decision to serve these warrants on a released prisoner smacks of brinkmanship from the securocrats in both jurisdictions. Rather than involving itself in the extradition of Irish citizens the Dublin government should be ensuring the release of all political prisoners.

``The ambiguous nature of conspiracy charges make it extremely difficult for Irish citizens to make any legal defence.The use of British conspiracy charges in high profile miscarriages of justices has mean't that these type of charges are totally discredited.Irish citizens cannot by the nature of the system get a fair trial in Britain. No one on politically related charges should be extradited to Britain.''

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