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Call For Colombia 3 To Be Allowed Home

5 May, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly has called for every effort to be made to ensure that the three Irishmen currently being held in Colombia are returned home to their families as soon as possible. Last week the three men were cleared of charges that they had been involved in training the FARC.

Mr Kelly said:

" Last Monday I, like many people in Ireland, was greatly relieved to hear that the court in Colombia had found the men innocent of the charge of training the FARC.

" We then expected that the three men would be quickly brought home to their families.

" This has not happened yet and it is now crucial that every effort is made to ensure that the three men are able to return home to their families in Ireland safely and without any further delay." ENDS

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