Tuesday 6 December 2016

Northern Ireland murder suspect begins High Court challenge to an order that he be extradited

Tim Healy

Published 14/03/2016 | 18:00

The Four Courts in Dublin
The Four Courts in Dublin

A SUSPECT for a murder in Northern Ireland has brought a High Court challenge to an order that he be extradited.

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Francis Lanigan's extradition was ordered by the High Court last September after he had opposed it on the basis that he faced a risk to his life from paramilitaries if he was handed over to face prosecution.

Mr Lanigan (49), with an address at Pinebrook, Mulhuddart, Dublin, was arrested in January, 2013, under an extradition warrant in connection with the murder of John Knocker, who was shot dead in a hotel car park in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, on May 31, 1998.

Following the extradition order, the judge in the case asked for further information from the UK authorities in relation to his surrender.

In the meantime, Mr Lanigan brought separate judicial review proceedings challenging the constitutionality of the 2003 extradition legislation because, he claimed, his right to life would be in jeopardy if he was extradited.

The Minister for Justice and the State, who have been waiting to hand him over to the UK authorities, then asked the High Court to dismiss his latest case claiming it was a "collateral attack" on the extradition order as well as an abuse of process.

Mr Lanigan claims his life is in danger, if sent to Northern Ireland, due to an INLA feud as well as threats from both the IRA and Loyalists.

The case continues before Mr Justice Michael White.

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