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Crowe travels to Colombia for last part of defence case

14 June, 2003

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From: Michael [email protected] on 13/06/2003 05.00 p.m.

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Subject: TD travels to Colombia for last part of defence case

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Seán Crowe is today travelling to Colombia for the last part of the defence case in the trial of the three Irishmen being held there. He will be in Colombia for a week.

Before his departure Deputy Crowe said he was "convinced that the defence case to date had absolutely demolished the prosecution and had clearly shown that the men should never have been on trial in the first place.

"I am more optimistic now than at any time in the past about the prospects of the men winning this case," he said.

Cautioning against over optimism however, he said: "I would still be concerned that these men could still be the victims of a gross miscarriage of justice. The fact that the prosecution has fought this case all the way on a tissue of lies and misinformation does not bode well. As I reported after coming back from Colombia the last time, there are still very many prejudicial statements against these men being made by senior establishment figures. This has been confirmed by the former Attorney General Alfonso Gomez who suggested that it was a worrying development and said these statements 'could have a significant affect on the trial.'"

Deputy Crowe finished by saying that he "will be bringing over to the men the best wishes of thousands of people across the island who are hoping that the nightmare currently being endured by the Colombia Three and their families will be ended soon." ENDS

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