Sunday 20 April 2014

Deep divisions over extradition policies

* The absence from the 1965 Extradition Act of political crime as a reason for extradition between North and South was seen as providing a way for Northern Ireland politicians in the Unionist and Democratic Unionist parties to "embarrass" the Dublin government, according to a memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs. At one point, Northern Ireland Secretary James Prior positioned extradition on top of the agenda for North-South dialogue, only to "restrain himself" after being rebuked by Dublin.

The Foreign Affairs memo drew a clear distinction between broad satisfaction on extradition on the part of security chiefs and unionist public opinion, which saw it as a real bone of contention.

Irish Independent

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