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Irish Government must now intervene urgently to secure release of Colombia 3

31 March, 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for South Down and Chairperson of the 'Bring Them Home Campaign', Caitriona Ruane has today called upon the Irish Government to 'intervene urgently with the Colombian Government in the case of the three Irish citizens' after Colombian Appeal Judge Jorge Torres Romero said in his signed dissenting opinion that much of the evidence brought before the court was 'questionable'.

Speaking today Ms Ruane said:

"This is a scathing indictment of the Colombian legal system and reinforces what has been said all along by those campaigning for the men's release. It is clear that the case against the men was based upon pure fantasy and that the ruling was a highly politicized decision as stated by Judge Romero.

"This Irish Government has a duty to safeguard the rights of Irish citizens at home and throughout the world. I am calling upon the Irish Government to intervene urgently to help secure the immediate return of James Monaghan, Niall Connolly and Martin McCauley whose lives remain inconstant and continuous danger.

"Whilst we are exploring all of the legal avenues available both in Colombia and internationally, the reality remains that legal procedures will take a considerable length of time. Time is against James, Niall and Martin." ENDS

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