German Police Formally Arrest Extradited Suspect in 1996 Provisional IRA Mortar Attack

Rather less widely reported than developments in certain other legacy cases was Dublin High Court recent ordering of the extradition of a suspect in the Provisional IRA mortar attack on a British army barracks near Osnabrück, Germany, in June 1996.

James Anthony Oliver Albert Corry, from north Belfast, was arrested in Killorglin, Co Kerry, in October 2015, on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by German authorities.

The Belfast Telegraph has the latest update via a PA report

German police have arrested a 47-year-old man from Belfast on suspicion of taking part in an IRA attack on a British barracks in Germany 20 years ago.

James Anthony Oliver Corry, a British citizen, was arrested Tuesday at Frankfurt airport after being deported from Ireland.

Federal prosecutors say Corry was brought before a judge on Wednesday and ordered to be held in jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

Prosecutors said on Thursday that Corry was part of an IRA unit that fired three mortar shells on to the grounds of the Quebec Barracks in Osnabrueck on June 28 1996.

Of course, Germany is not a signatory of the 1998 Belfast Agreement, and isn’t party to any other particular arrangements here… [And they clearly didn’t ‘post’ out any letters of comfort… – Ed]  Indeed.

Speaking of that particular ‘postman’…  Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly has a relevant statement out

“This is now a live case and those charged, like everyone, are entitled to due process.

“But it does highlight the fact that no one is or can be above the law, regardless of how long ago the incident took place.

[No-one? – Ed] Of course, he’s talking about that other case, in particular…