The High Court in Dublin this morning dismissed the United States Government application for the extradition of Sean Garland after an epic legal battle covering the past six years. Full written judgement is to be delivered in the new year.
Todays decision removes some of that pressure from Sean and his family but does not see the end of the U.S government‟s attempts to extradite him. US law enforcement agencies will attempt to pursue the extradition warrant should Sean leave the jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland.
Delighted and relieved
The Rev Chris Hudson MBE, Chair of the ‘Stop the Extradition Campaign’ said he was delighted and relieved‟ at the judgment.
“This has been a horrendous six year ordeal for Sean, his family and friends”, said Rev Hudson, “and I am delighted with the progress we have made today”.
“I have always believed that the US extradition demand was a vindictive act by the former Bush administration designed to punish and isolate North Korea and anyone who had connections with the country ”
“On behalf of the ‘Stop the Extradition’ Committee I would like to thank Sean‟s legal team, the many thousands of people from all walks of life who supported the campaign including more than 120 parliamentarians from the Dail, Seanad, the NI Assembly, councils and councillors from throughout the country as well as Westminster MPs, members of the British House of Lords and Members of the European Parliament.
“We have also greatly appreciated the support and endorsement of our campaign by the trade union movement and especially by Jack O‟Connor SIPTU General President, Jimmy Kelly Regional Secretary of UNITE and Eamon Devoy TEEU General Secretary”, Rev Hudson said.
“Although this morning‟s decision is to be welcomed it does not mark the end of this campaign,” warned Rev Hudson. “We must now re-double our efforts to have this extradition warrant withdrawn completely by the United States to allow Sean Garland and his family the right to travel at will outside of Ireland without fear of arrest and detention”, he said.