Garland goes on the run

A not entirely unexpected turn of events, as reported by Seán O’Driscoll in the Irish Times[subs req], in the US attempt to extradite Workers Party President Sean Garland on charges of conspiring to counterfeit US currency. Garland has jumped bail, despite agreeing to remain at an address in County Down and three sureties of £10,000 being lodged on his behalf, and issued a press statement via this website claiming his legal representatives had no knowledge of his intentions and placing himself “under the protection of my own government and my country’s constitution which guarantee me basic human rights and freedoms.”.. over to you, Taoiseach.
From Sean Garland’s statement –

In view of the above and indeed much more as to the grossly unjust nature of this Extradition Treaty I have decided therefore not to return to British jurisdiction. I will place myself under the protection of my own government and my country’s constitution which guarantee me basic human rights and freedoms.

I thank all those people in The Dail and Seanad, The House of Commons, the many hundreds of international supporters, parties and individuals, and the many thousands in Ireland who have played a part in this fight.

We shall continue to fight this extradition demand of the US and we look forward to the continued support of all our friends and supporters in this new phase of the campaign.

In conclusion I wish to thank my legal representatives and apologise to them for any inconvenience or difficulty my decision, of which they had no knowledge, may cause them.

And, from Seán O’Driscoll’s report[subs req] –

The US attorney’s office in Washington, which has indicted Mr Garland on conspiracy charges, said that it will be meeting with the justice department’s office of international affairs, which handles extradition cases, to decide how best to have Mr Garland extradited to the US.

A spokesman for the office, who was meeting with justice department officials on a separate issue yesterday, said that he did not want to pre-empt any outcome but said it was likely that fresh extradition proceedings will begin in the Republic if Irish authorities do not return Mr Garland to Northern Ireland.

The case will likely be handled by justice department senior attorney, Tressa Borland, who deals with extradition proceedings with the Republic and has recently made very critical comments to prosecutors and to the Irish Department of Justice about the Republic’s lack of co-operation on extradition proceedings.

Jonathan Cherry, a spokesman for the secret service, which investigated the Garland case and handed it over to the US attorney’s office, said the investigation into Mr Garland and his associates remained ongoing and would not be affected by his decision to stay in the Republic.

He said Mr Garland’s extradition was a matter for the US attorney’s office.

  • Henry94

    over to you, Taoiseach.

    The Taoiseach has no role in this. It’s a matter for the courts if and when the US or UK decide to seek Garland’s extradition.

  • smcgiff

    This guy was bailed?!?

    And as for the £30k – How long will it take him to print $50k in dollars.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    This is hilarious. Did anyone seriously think that when the court allowed Garland to cross the border for medical treatment that he would be back?!

    So obvious a ploy, it makes you almost wonder if this was the intention of letting him go.

  • Mickhall

    Good luck to Garland, conspiracy charges are almost always a fall back position when a prosecutor lacks real evidence. The fact Mr Garland was not first arrested in the ROI speaks volumes.

    regards to all

  • Pete Baker

    I wouldn’t read too much into my use of the word conspiring, Mick.

    As I previously noted here, the Washington Post report on the actual indictment suggests it is more detailed than may otherwise be suggested –

    Garland, working with the other defendants, purchased, transported and resold up to $1 million worth of the phony currency between 1997 and 2000 and also worked to conceal North Korea’s role in the enterprise, the indictment said. The bills were put into circulation in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, it said.

  • Keith M

    First the Colombia 3 and now Garland, it looks like this country is becoming a safe haven for undesirables.

  • Henry94

    Meanwhile Garland’s former Workers Party collegue is shocked, shocked I tell you, at even a photograph of a gun.

    “Newspaper photographs of Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea pointing a gun are an ill-judged and tasteless stunt, Labour leader Pat Rabbitte said today.

    Mr O’Dea is photographed in three newspapers, including The Irish Times, aiming an automatic pistol towards the camera during a Defence Forces exercise at the Curragh Camp, Co Kildare, yesterday.

    Greens leader Trevor Sargent today raised the matter with Tánaiste Mary Harney during the Order of Business in the Dáil and called for the adjournment of the house under Standing Order 21 to discuss it.

    Mr Sargent also asked if there would be any ministerial accountability for the photographs, but Ceann Comhairle Rory O’Hanlon ruled the matter out of order.

    Mr Rabbitte said the images had no regard for the current climate in which three people were murdered within two days in a bloody gangland feud in Dublin.

    “Rather than making a matter of frivolity at a time when two warring gangs are feuding and risking public safety on the streets of Dublin city, can I ask whether she doesn’t agree with me that the photograph on the front page of The Irish Timesis at minimum an ill-judged, tasteless stunt by a Minister and completely without any regard for the environment in which he permits that to happen.”

    Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins asked Ms Harney: “As a matter of Dáil security, did you at least require the Minister for Defence to leave his weapon at the door this morning?”

    “If not, I was going to ask Deputy (Martin) Ferris to go down to disarm him.

    “As we all know, weaponry is not a laughing matter, but we do sometimes have to undermine the increasing pomposity of Government ministers.”

    Mr O’Dea was attending a demonstration of hostage rescue and anti-terrorist capabilities by the elite Army Rangers Wing.

    As part of the display, the Rangers abseiled from helicopters, stormed a house using explosives to blow a hole in a wall, and carried out a mock rescue of a “captured UN official”.

  • crow

    Some things never change.Like criminals crossing borders in the hope that they can get away from whatever crime they have commited.

  • crow

    I think it was a good picture of mr O’Dea.He obviously thought it was a good idea to get that picture taken (and probably thought he looked a bit cool as well) so be it on his own head if the media use it.

  • smcgiff

    ‘Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins asked Ms Harney: “As a matter of Dáil security, did you at least require the Minister for Defence to leave his weapon at the door this morning?”

    “If not, I was going to ask Deputy (Martin) Ferris to go down to disarm him.’

    Brilliant – Joe is always good for humourous comment with deadpan delivery.

    He’s wasted in the WP. Pity such a clever man has such bizarre politics.

  • seannaboy

    i know that the Good Friday Agreement has been said by many commentators to have changed the political landscape in ireland but the Workers Party NOW oppossed to extradition! Well, who would ever have thought.

  • Mickhall

    Brilliant – Joe is always good for humourous comment with deadpan delivery.

    He’s wasted in the WP. Pity such a clever man has such bizarre politics.

    Posted by smcgiff

    smcgiff
    I agree Joe Higgins would be wasted in the Workers Party, but thankfully he is not in the political wing of the rusty riffles, but the Socialist Party. I doubt an old Trot like Joe would thank you by placing him with the ageing Stalinists in the WP.

  • Keith M

    “I agree Joe Higgins would be wasted in the Workers Party….”, let me add that I think Higgins is probably wasted in the Dail, he’d be better off in the Olympia panto.

  • Mickhall

    “I agree Joe Higgins would be wasted in the Workers Party….”, let me add that I think Higgins is probably wasted in the Dail, he’d be better off in the Olympia panto.

    Posted by Keith M

    With all the incompetents and free-loaders active in Parliamentary politics today, why do you consider Joe Higgins behavior in the light you describe above. He has been at the for-front of recent campaigns which have defended people who had no one else to turn to. Whether it be Turkish workers being dreadfully exploited by a multi national company. Defending the less well off against bin charges and many other honorable campaigns I could mention.

    Is it that you feel politicians are weak and silly if they defend the underdog. Or plain daft if they refuse to bleed the tax payer and thus refuse to draw more than the average wage in salary as Comrade Higgins does. Im far from a Trotskyist, but I can see an able politician and a decent man when I see one. Far from being a pantomime clown Joe Higgins is a national treasure and is IMO a man who has the respect of a good many Irishmen and women. The same cannot be said for many members of the Dail these days.

    all the best

  • Pete Baker

    All

    Let’s try to keep the focus on the politician who is attempting to avoid extradition on the charges of counterfeiting.. and not on one who isn’t.

    Thanks

  • james

    Is it not about time that the Assets Recovery Agency started looking at the Workers Party in the North.

    Drinking dens, money lending and extortion are still common place within the ‘socialists’ world.

  • darth rumsfeld

    Roy Garland’s gone on the run? When did this happen? Who’s going to do the “guilty Prod” column in the “Irish News”-Sylvia Hermon?

  • Pernicious Polly

    Oh the poor old stickies – Eoghan Harris bootboys could never manage without him. With Harris they won seats, without him they can’t even win egg and spoon races. Harris was the brains, garland and co were useful fools to set on the provos and do the robberies. Rabitte and the rest were the politicos- but only because the real loonies behind the scenes in the stickies are unelectable – all they are is an anti-provo gang. the provos are gone now, and its time for the stickies to final fade away too

  • Henry94

    Harris was the brains

    I don’t doubt it. It is interesting how paths diverge. Harris now supports the neo-con agenda and the WP posters want us to stop the “Bush/Blair” attempt to extradite Garland.

    May I complement them on the quality of the posters. Vey fine and to a causal observer they would pass for genuine.

  • Pretty – but pernicious – Polly

    Why Henry what do you mean ‘diverge’. There isn’t really any big difference in Harris’s politics now and when he had his sticky bootboys running around. He still spends all his time ranting about the provos. I hear he has joined some unionist group (Reform?) and has become a protestant. Seriously!! But that’s much the same as des o’hagan’s rants about ‘sectarian roman catholic nationalism’ – despite the fat that o’hagan is probably a taig himself!!!
    They make me laugh

  • Phil

    PLEASE STICK TO THE POINT

    How long do decent people have to put up with terrorists, crimnials and gangsters getting off scot-free because they claim to be ‘political’? I bet Garland gets off as an ‘on the run’ just like the rest of his IRA mates (IRA is IRA, I don’t care if they call themselves stickies, provos, or what ever. They are all the same)