Garland remanded in custody

Former Irish Workers’ Party president Sean Garland was remanded in custody for another week today, on foot of an extradition warrant by the US authorities for alleged counterfeiting charges, when his solicitor told the court he was not ready to make a bail application. [Having difficulty finding someone to provide sureties on his behalf? – Ed] Adds The RTÉ report provides another snippet of info

Sean Garland was elected as President of The Workers’ Party in 2006. He retired from the presidency in May of last year, but remains a member of the party’s Central Executive Committee and is its National Treasurer.

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  • Greenflag

    ‘Having difficulty finding someone to provide sureties on his behalf’

    No chance then of the North Korean Dear Leader then pitching in with the necessary dosh ?

    Question :

    ‘ What’s the difference between a North Korean and a South Korean ‘

    Answer :

    Under the regime of the great Kim Il Sung and his son the Dear Leader the world’s first hereditary communist state has succeeded in reducing th average height of North Koreans by between 4 and 2 inches (men and women 🙁

    This is part of the Great and Dear Leaders overall strategy for improving the lives of the workers. Smaller people will need less food and the savings can be used to keep one of the largest standing armies in the world fed 🙁

    Reports that the Dear Leader is running short of supplies of his favourite French brandy due to the denouement of the ‘original ‘ plan to print difficult to obtain foreign currency by counterfeit could not be verified as the Dear Leader is out of commission and nobody knows if he is dead or alive .

    Mr Garland need not worry as there are no extradition proceeedings between the hereditary monarchical states of either the UK or North Korea 😉 well not yet anyway.

  • veritas

    ‘Having difficulty finding someone to provide sureties on his behalf’

    I wonder why….maybe because those who posted bail in the North lost them when he ran….

    “I will be making that application as soon as we are in a position to do so”

    does that mean the official ira/group B will have to do a bit of work!!!!

    God Bless America.

  • rosebud

    Garland clearly has a case to answer and he should be extradited forthwith.His case has generated less public sympathy than those responsible for the irish banking fiasco. What is less risky? Going Surety for ‘Superdollar’ Sean or putting your dough in the Anglo-Irish Bank?

  • An Lochlannach

    Maybe Senator Eoghan Harris could go surety for him. He’s already deplored the persecution of this sick (and) old Republican

  • NCM

    When an accused counterfeiter can’t make bail, this is irrefutable proof that he is innocent of the underlying charges.

  • frank

    I didn’t realise that Gartland was suffering from bowel cancer & was undergoing treatment.

    I wish him and his family well in his fight with this difficult disease & as much as i have a strong feeling regarding the Workers Party’s continued and past involvement in criminality, I personally wouldn’t send a sick man to another jurisdiction under these circumstances.

  • Pete Baker

    frank

    “I personally wouldn’t send a sick man to another jurisdiction under these circumstances.”

    Since when did circumstances over which an individual has no control trump any decisions that individual may have already made?

    Such circumstances should only be taken into consideration by a judge when assessing an appropriate sentence.

    i.e. after a trial.

  • frank

    “”Since when did circumstances over which an individual has no control trump any decisions that individual may have already made?

    Such circumstances should only be taken into consideration by a judge when assessing an appropriate sentence.””

    It’s a personal take on finding out that he is struggling to fight bowel Cancer Pete.

    It does not deflect from past wrongdoings or decisions, it’s simply a personal view, a human view/Christian view, on his present circumstance, and that of his family.

    Sometimes it’s necessary to put personal grievances or a strong belief to the side when we take the person down to the human level, & actually examine his personal circumstance.

    A judge may well decide his fate, but with such a disease, i would rather see the man at home with his family.

    Perhaps it takes the the armchair/keyboard general to take a human view, rather than a ‘i’ve no life, so i’ll just say f**k them, sort of attitude’, rather than having the brains and heart to alter your perspective on a topic.

    I wish Sean Garland a speedy recovery and the rest will take care of itself.

  • Frank,

    I am sure the family will appreciate the good wishes.

    Pete,

    There is the issue of natural justice concerning the treatment of sick and/or old people, and whether it is in the interests of justice to pursue proceedings. Especially when the chances of a fair trial are nil, and the “evidence” is such that the UK did not even attempt to try him over these by now old allegations.

  • veritas

    For once I`m in agreement with Pete, the world must be ending!!!

    As for those who bury their heads in the sand about the existence of an armed criminal gang the official ira/Group B and continue to say the stickie leader shouldn`t face justice. Why?

    The dogs in the street know what this criminal gang and their leaders and former leaders have been up to….so do the Papers, the police, the security services and now the Americans….

    The evidence is all there not hidden…under the likes of the Lagan social club as some posters here would have us believe.

    All criminals must face justice, their age and health should NOT be factors in whether they should face a court…

    Just a thought have the official ira/Group B been out to work yet!!!!

    God Bless America.