Garland wins High Court battle on US extradition

The Meath Chronicle on January 4, 2012 released the following:

“by John Donohoe

Judge to give his reasons for decision on 13th January next

The High Court has dismissed an application to extradite former Worker’s Party president Sean Garland to the US for his alleged involvement in a sophisticated counterfeiting operation.

Mr Justice John Edwards said that the court was not disposed to grant the application and would furnish its reasons for doing so on 13th January next.

Authorities in the US had sought the extradition of Sean Garland (76), with an address at Brownstown, Navan, to face charges relating to the production of high-quality counterfeit US dollars. The operation was allegedly carried out in collusion with the government of North Korea.

In 2010, Garland went to the Supreme Court after the High Court rejected an application by his legal team seeking discovery of documents from the United States authorities, relating to his attempted extradition.

He is accused of being involved in distributing forged US money allegedly produced in North Korea. Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed an extradition request for the Brownstown resident.

Garland’s legal team wanted the US to produce the evidence they are basing their extradition request upon, but the High Court ruled that a precedent was set in a previous case and that it is not necessary to make the documentation available here.

Last year, Sean Garland told the Meath Chronicle that he was involved in the North Korean Friendship Society, of which he was chairman, and he had been there and visitors from there had been in Ireland.

During the 1970s and ’80s, he said he was very active in developing and expanding the Workers Party’s international contacts and activity. He played a major role in organising and supporting solidarity campaigns across a wide area of the world, including in south-east Asia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, and in Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as Cyprus, Greece and Palestine.

He said these were some of the many places in the world where it was believed that United States foreign policy had inflicted great suffering, repression and untold deaths on people.

For decades, he said he had been a vocal and active critic of United States foreign policy.

He said he was never an enemy of the American people but a consistent opponent of the “right-wing reactionary policies” which have been pursued by US administrations over many decades.

Garland was first arrested in Belfast at a Workers Party conference in 2005, and again in Dublin in 2009 when he was in the city for medical treatment.

He said that the bail conditions which had been set were very onerous, including signing on at the local garda station in Navan, which has been reduced to four days a week, and not being able to stay out of the country for more than 48 hours.

Numerous politicians and local authorities have supported his campaign, as well as trade unions in Ireland and Britain.”


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