Court decision expected on Wednesday
A decision on whether or not the United States extradition demand against Sean Garland will be granted is now expected to be delivered on Wednesday 21 December in Dublin’s High Court.
Sean was first arrested in 2005 as he attended a Workers Party conference in Belfast. Since then he has had to contend with a prolonged legal battle while being subjected to draconian and unprecedented bail conditions.
The High Court has further adjourned Sean’s case until just before Christmas.
The extradition hearing concluded on 28 July with 5 October set as the date for an announcement on when a decision might be announced. A further hearing date was then set for November 16.
Today the judge announced that he now hopes to deliver his judgement in five weeks time on Wednesday 21 December
Sean Garland has received the support of over 100 members of the Oireachteas (National Parliament) in his fight to end a US attempt to extradite him over claims that he was part of a dollar forgery plot.
Among those who have joined the campaign to end the pursuit of the 76 year old socialist are Richard Boyd Barrett, Phil Hogan, Finian McGrath, Joanna Tuffy, Timmy Doleey, Martin Ferris, John Halligan and Joe Higgins.
Trade Union leaders Jack O’Connor (SIPTU), Jimmy Kelly (UNITE) and Eamon Devoy (TEEU) are also backing the campaign.
Legal and campaign expenses continue to mount.
Sean has been denied legal aid to present his case. The campaign depends on the generosity of individuals doing what they can and contributing what they can afford.
Thank you to the many hundreds of people who have donated and to those who have helped the campaign in what ever way they could so far.
Your financial contributions are still urgently needed.
You can contribute by sending a cheque to the ‘Defend Sean Garland Campaign’, 48 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1
You can also make a donation to the fund through the following bank account:
‘Defend Sean Garland Fund’,
Permanent TSB, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.
Account No: 145 352 10
Bank Sort Code : 99-06-58
Following a trial by media, where fantastical CIA claims have been uncritically repeated, and background political intrigue, Sean Garland has been left with no possibility of a fair hearing in the United States, reports Francis Donohoe.
Internationally renowned musicians the ALABAMA 3 have joined the campaign to stop the extradition of Sean Garland and have called on the United States to withdraw their demand.
The band made the call during a live performance in Dublin. Lead singer Larry Love welcomed Sean Garland on stage at Dublin’s Tripod venue before committing the band to support the campaign and to raising the issue at future gigs.
See the Alabama 3 welcome Sean Garland on stage, pledge their support and perform ‘Peace in the Valley’