[Sinn Fein]

25 June 1996

Adams appeals for Smyth

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, commenting on the decision by the US Supreme Court to clear the way for the extradition of Jimmy Smyth said:

``The decision by the US Supreme Court not to reconsider a ruling by the Court of Appeals ordering Jimmy Smyth's extradition is a grave disappointment.

``Jimmy Smyth like so many hundreds of others, was convicted on spurious grounds, under unjust laws, in a special court and on a charge which he has consistently denied.

``Since he moved to the US he has lived an exemplary life, making a solid contribution to his local community.

``I would appeal to President Clinton not to extradite Jimmy Smyth or the others in a similar situation.''

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