Northern Ireland

Sean Garland extradition bid over 'Super Dollars' dismissed

Former Workers' Party leader Sean Garland
Image caption Former Workers' Party leader Sean Garland said he was delighted by the decision

The High Court In Dublin has dismissed an application to extradite a former Worker's Party president to the US over a counterfeit money operation.

Authorities in America had sought the extradition of 76-year-old Sean Garland of Navan, County Meath.

They wanted him to face charges relating to the production of high-quality counterfeit US dollars.

The so-called 'Super Dollar' operation was allegedly carried out with the help of the government of North Korea.

In a brief hearing this morning, Mr Justice John Edwards said that the court was not disposed to grant the application and will give its reasons for doing so on 13 January.

A spokesman for Mr Garland said he was extremely relieved and delighted by the ruling.

Mr Garland is a veteran republican and socialist activist.

He was a key figure in the Official Republican movement after its split with Sinn Fein/Provisional IRA in 1969.

He was arrested in connection with counterfeiting in Belfast in 2005 where he was attending a Workers Party conference.

He returned to the Republic of Ireland after he was released on bail and was arrested in Dublin in 2009.

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