Hardy extradiction goes ahead

I can only find one, short, report on this so far.. this UTV report. It seems that Leonard Hardy, arrested in Spain in August 2005 on a warrant issued by the German authorities has been extradicted. As RTÉ reported previously, he is wanted in connection to an IRA attack on a British Army base in Osnabruck in 1989 and the attempted murder of a British Army employee. Update Hardy was flown to Frankfurt on Monday and taken into custody by federal police. Another Update From the Irish Times[subs]

A suspected IRA member has been released on €20,000 bail in Germany pending trial in connection with an explosive attack on a British army base in western Germany in 1989.

Despite the initial reports that he was opposing the extradiction, The Irish Times’ Derek Scally reports that Hardy agreed to be extradicted in September.

He was arrested in Torremolinos, Spain, on August 17th last, and spent six weeks in detention before agreeing on September 30th to travel to Germany.

Last Monday he was flown to Frankfurt, and turned himself over to police. He was charged with five counts of attempted murder and attempting to cause an explosion. No date has been set for his trial.

And the Irish Times report also notes the sentences give to the others convicted of the attack in 1989

In June 1995, Donna Maguire, Donncha and Pauline O’Kane and Patrick Murray were sentenced to an average of nine years’ jail for attempted murder and attempting to cause an explosion.

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  • martin ingram

    Good.

  • paddycanuck

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    God.

  • Pete Baker

    Let’s keep to the ball, everyone.. rather than have yet another thread descend into irrelevant, and boring, playing of the man.

  • west belfast resident

    ”4 others convicted in this case got several years probabation when convicted in Germany in 1995.”

    He could have had his sentence served by now. He’ll likely get probabation and allowed to return to Ireland as a hero. Hopefully before the next tout is out.

  • Really interesting to see ‘Martin Ingram’ immediately off the mark, appreciating the extradition of Leonard Hardy.

    To put this in some kind of perspective, viewers should know that this was after ‘Steak Knife’ went off the Brits’ reservation after they had tried to set him up as ‘John Oakes’ for the cull on The Rock, and had killed Pat Finucane rather than ‘SK’ in order to prevent even more alarming blowback from the Provo Army Council member.

    This was a bit of the ‘SK’ story that Ed Moloney refused to discuss, and little wonder that ‘MI’ is so happy about Hardy’s extradition.

    It is just what Simon Hayward would have wanted after his urging the UDA to kill ‘SK’had been directed at Finucane, and the Provos had reacted with their bombing campaign in W. G., starting with the attack on June 19th at Osnabruck.

    ‘MI’ seems to be Hayward’s alter ego.

  • alfredo

    securocrats at their work again, obviously!!

  • Keith M

    The sooner that the EU gets its acts together and allows for easier extradition the better.

  • harpo

    Can we now expect the usual suspects to start a deluge of articles about how inhuman the German criminal justice and prison systems are?

    That is the usual tactic when an Irish ‘Republican’ gets caught for breaking the law in some other country. Or even in their own country come to think of it.

    The objectives being of course to deflect attention away from the crime committed and to try to paint the accused as some sort of victim of a brutal country.

    I always find it funny that IRs go to these horrible countries of their own free will. They don’t seem to mind the brutality of the place when they are doing a spot of eco-tourism or whatever the reason for being there in the first place is.

  • west belfast resident

    Who the eff is John Oakes and Simon Hayword? What is all this?? The incident took place in Germany not the ‘rock’ Gibraltar.

    Is this guy talking about Hardy or ‘hardy har har?”

    Care in the community?

  • The sale of contraband has dipped dramatically in Gundalk since Hardy was arrested as he and his wife the well known bomber Donna Maguire were the kings of contraband in the area. Strangely his mate former Brit soldier from Glasgow Michael Dixie Dixon is in jail in Germany in connection with an IRA attack in 1996. Dixon was also involved in the Provo contraband team, was arrested with a lorry load of cigerettes in Slovakia but was extradited to Germany to answers questions. Long runs the terrorist…….

  • martin ingram

    Why All The Fuss,

    This is a scandalous post Republicans fought this conflict not to trade contraband but to attain a United Ireland and defend the ethos of the Republican movement.

    You will be dealt with by the SF blogging committee who will be around to deal with you shortly, I would be surpreised if you did not receive a jab in the arse and a visit to South Armagh. Gasket and his CRJ mates will be around shortly. You have been warned.

    Quote”The sale of contraband has dipped dramatically in Gundalk since Hardy was arrested as he and his wife the well known bomber Donna Maguire were the kings of contraband in the area. Strangely his mate former Brit soldier from Glasgow Michael Dixie Dixon is in jail in Germany in connection with an IRA attack in 1996. Dixon was also involved in the Provo contraband team, was arrested with a lorry load of cigerettes in Slovakia but was extradited to Germany to answers questions. Long runs the terrorist……”.Unquote

    Nice one.

    Martin

  • harpo

    ‘Who the eff is John Oakes and Simon Hayword? What is all this?? The incident took place in Germany not the ‘rock’ Gibraltar.

    Is this guy talking about Hardy or ‘hardy har har?’’

    Care in the community?’

    west belfast resident:

    I agree with what you say. By introducing ‘some perspective’ as he put it, this poster is obviously doing his best to make excuses for why what was done by the Provos was done.

    As usual it consists of the normal accusations about agents, securocrats, collusion etc ending with the conclusion that because of all these dirty British tricks the poor Provos were forced to go and start killing people in Germany.

    The point as I see it isn’t why the Provos chose to go and start killing people in Germany as if having some reason excuses it. The only point here is to answer the question ‘did Hardy do it?’.

    All the whining about why the Provos did it is irrelevant. Like most other places I presume that German law does not allow you to blow things up even if you have certain reasons for doing so. I’d guess that it is just simply illegal so the only issue here is did Hardy do it or not. The Provos seem to admit to having been involved – as this poster confirms – the only issue is did Hardy do what he is accused of doing.

    The usual smokescreens are going to be raised. This is simply the first. Explaining the perspective in which the Provo attacks ‘must be’ viewed.

    It seems that we have already established that Provos did these crimes. The only issue is have they got the right Provo?

  • harpo

    ‘This is a scandalous post Republicans fought this conflict not to trade contraband but to attain a United Ireland and defend the ethos of the Republican movement.’

    Speaking of that, how did the united Ireland thing work out? As well as the defence of the ethos of the RM so far as I can see!

  • martin ingram

    Harpo,

    Have you not heard mate! Gerry has a plan but nobody else is allowed to see it except his mates in London.

    Quote”Speaking of that, how did the united Ireland thing work out? As well as the defence of the ethos of the RM so far as I can see”Unquote

    Martin

  • west belfast resident

    Great post by why all the fuss.

    A very sad reality.

  • * The sooner that the EU gets its acts together and allows for easier extradition the better.
    Posted by Keith M on Jan 25, 2006 @ 08:08 PM *

    Agreed and then we’ll get to the bottom of the Dublin Monaghan bombings. You’d never think that in this day and age the worst outrage has never been resolved further than today’s new report. My, what could be holding things up !?!?

    Is this sauce for the goose etc or zero sum game…?

  • The level of ignorance, question-begging, and red-herrings on this thread is pathetic.

    I did not mention the background to the bomb attack in Osnabruck, West Germany on June 19, 1989 in any way to excuse what the Provisionals were doing, but to put it in perspective, especially given all the misinformation about British touts in the Republic movement, particularly about ‘Steak Knife’ aka DUKE and apparently Padraig Wilson.

    The attacks on the continent in 1989 were in retaliation for the cull on The Rock on March 6, 1988. ‘Steak Knife’ was using the code name ‘John Oakes’ to help capture the three volunteers, but British intelligence and Downing Street had other ideas – shooting them on sight in order to expose ‘Steak Knife’s spying in the expectation that he would be done away with by the ‘nutting squad’. Thatcher’s government, though, in so overdoing the cull, allowed ‘SK’ to escape notice, much less execution.

    Then Captain Simon Hayward aka Captain James Rennie, Ops Officer of the 14 Intelligence Company’s South Detachment – who had been imprisoned in Sweden on a drug-smuggling set up by ‘SK’ because of his ‘dirty work’ in N. I. – starting with the Shoot-to-Kill murders in South Armagh during the emergency in the fall of 1982 -tried to get loyalist killers to assassinate
    ‘SK’ but their effort was redirected against Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane instead.

    This effort convinced ‘SK’ that his efforts to slow down the war by working with the British were over, and he got the Provisionals to mount the bombing campaign in reprisal.

    Where have you people been during The Troubles? Have you simply been asleep for the last 30 or so years?

  • martin ingram

    Trow,

    Me and you go back many years I am willing to pay for the Vet to humanely euthnanase you. Please send me the bill.

    Quote”Where have you people been during The Troubles? Have you simply been asleep for the last 30 or so years?” Unquote

    Posted by Trowbridge H. Ford on Jan 26, 2006 @ 08:19 AM

  • Viewers should not be taken in by ‘Martin Ingram’s vast, misleading statements about me.
    We are not old friends, and he certainly has no kind inclinations towards me.

    I have never met him. I have only known really of even his existence for about 15 MONTHS – not years – as that was when I joined the RBB. And on at least two occasions, he threatened to put some 9 mm rounds up my nose. Some euthanasia!

    And my claim about ignorance concerned his claims that Adams only worked for London,and the PIRA for illegal sales; West Belfast resident’s lewd questioning of who Captain Simon Hayward, and ‘John Oakes’ are as if they were of no consequence whatever, etc. ad nauseam.

  • Now that the Columbia tourists are home will we be seeing a new campaign launched to bring Mr Hardy and Mr Dixon home afterall they also could be described as tourists. BRING THEM HOME…

  • Keith M

    Niall, can you please remind me (and everyone) of what extradition requests were made in relation to the Dublin/Monaghan bombings?

  • * Niall, can you please remind me (and everyone) of what extradition requests were made in relation to the Dublin/Monaghan bombings?

    Posted by Keith M on Jan 26, 2006 @ 01:34 PM *

    None, the Gardai couldn’t procede further with their cases as files weren’t returned by the RUC. Nor was requested info provided by same.
    I highlight this because if there is to be greater coordination betw North and South cops, as requested by Lady Sylvia (contempory )then we should see some progress re the Dub Mon bombings further to the latest Dail report (also contempory).

    I just feel that requests for extraditions and great coordin betw the cops seems to be a tad one sided and I like to point that it shouldn’t be vis a vis Dub Mon case, Ludlow case etc.

  • harpo

    ‘The attacks on the continent in 1989 were in retaliation for the cull on The Rock on March 6, 1988.’

    Really?

    And I suppose that the PIRA Gibraltar operation was in retaliation for some other british atrocity too. Your so-called giving of ‘perspective’ is excuse making as I said before.

    If the PIRA really was at war then they would be on constant offensive, looking for opportunities to hit the enemy. Opportunities like soft British targets around Europe. But no – according to you they only did things in retaliation for specific events.

    Thus 1989 PIRA attacks on the continent only happened because of the PIRA losses at Gibraltar.

    Do you really believe this nonsense? You are in the same bracket as those loyalists who defend each action by them as a response to some PIRA atrocity. Greysteel was because of the Shankill fish shop bomb. Sean Graham’s was because of Teebane.

    You can dress it all up in some conspiracy theory claptrap but it’s the same old nonsense put forth by supporters of terrorism.

    For ignorance, question-begging, and red-herrings on this thread I’d say look at you own posts for a start. The discussion starts about this guy who is accused of being involved in an actual PIRA bomb attack that happened in Germany, and your response is all sorts of drivel supposedly aimed at giving perspective.

    But it does nothing of the sort. The simple issue of whether he is guilty or not will be determined in a German court, and it won’t involve conspiracy theories about agents who supposedly had Pat Finucane instead of some other dude.

    Or maybe his defence will be ‘not guilty, since I had to do this because the evil Brits made me do it, because Pat Finucane was killed instead of this guy who had to be prtotected because he knew too much about……blah blah blah’.

    Is the guy guilty or not? That’s all we want to know.

  • Harpo, you, at least, have one thing right – your name – and you should try to join what’s left of the Marx Brothers.

    As for your claims, they are completely bogus. The cull on The Rock was because ‘Steak Knife’ wanted to make amends for the atrocity at Inneskillen, and the Brits, starting with Mad Maggie, wanted to crucify him for it on The Rock.

    These atrocities are largely of a serial order despite your fantasies to the contrary. And I am certainly no supporter of terrorism, starting with that which spews daily out of Washington and London.

    Apparently, Leonard Hardy is guilty of this bomb attack, but there is far more to the bombing campaign than your simple mind, free or bought by others, is willing to contemplate.

  • bag’oshite

    extradition on a jumped up charge of conspiring to cause an explosion and “murder” a british army employee. well for a start there is no such thing as a british army employee, you are either in the british army or contracted by the british ministry of defence. thats like arresting someone for attempted rape when all they did was check out some birds tits.

  • Pete Baker

    bag

    There has already been a subsequent thread to this one – that you’ve fished up from the archive – which updated the story with the details of Hardy’s guilty plea and his sentencing.