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TD expresses relief at Colombian verdict and calls for speedy and safe return

26 April, 2004

Sinn Fein TD Sean Crowe, who attended the trial of the Colombian Three, has this evening expressed his relief and delight for the men and their families that the three have been found not guilty of the serious charges levelled against them and will soon be home.

Deputy Crowe responding to the verdict said:

"On the basis of the evidence I heard while attending the trial this was the only verdict that could have been reached. I am delighted and relieved for the men and their families who have been through hell in the last three years.

"There was never an justification for this trial in the first place and it is clear that there were those who were intent on using these three men for their own political agenda - an agenda which at its core was about damaging the Irish Peace process.

"I would call on the Irish government to do all they can now to ensure the men are safely and speedily returned home." ENDS

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