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Call on German Authorities to Drop Extradition Demand

21 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness has today called on the German Authorities to drop their extradition proceedings against Tyrone woman Roisin McAliskey. Mr McGuinness's remarks came after her arrest early this morning after a demand from German Prosecutors.

Mr McGuinness said:

"Over ten years ago these matters had a more than adequate hearing in a succession of British Courts. The arrest this morning of Roisin on the foot of an extradition request from German Prosecutors will be seen by many as petty and vindictive.

"Roisin McAliskey is the mother of two young children and she has lived openly in her home town in the ten years since her release from prison in England the last time that German authorities attempted to have her extradited. She has always maintained her innocence.

"The German authorities should take note of the tremendous progress we have achieved in Ireland in the course of recent years and immediately drop the demand for Roisin's extradition and allow her to return home immediately to her young family.

"Sinn Féin have already spoken to the British government on this matter this morning and we would expect the Irish government to back calls for Rosin's immediate release." ENDS

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