Tuesday 21 November 2017

Man facing deportation has long list of convictions

In his home country he was sentenced to three life sentences and two death sentences in 1996 and 1997. (Stock photo)
In his home country he was sentenced to three life sentences and two death sentences in 1996 and 1997. (Stock photo)
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

The man facing deportation proceedings has a long list of terror-related offences to his name. He was accused of involvement in a terrorist Islamist organisation in his home country, and sentenced to three life sentences and two death sentences in 1996 and 1997.

Although death sentences were imposed, in practice they have not been enforced in the country for many years.

In 2001, after he had been granted refugee status in Ireland, he was arrested in Andorra for fraud offences. He was released on bail. It is unclear whether the bail was honoured. He was arrested in France in July 2002 by French intelligence services as he was planning to travel for the UK.

In 2005, he was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris for membership of a criminal organisation preparing acts of terrorism in England, Ireland, Spain, Andorra and France between 1997 and 2002.

He was also convicted of terrorism and fraudulent possession and use of false identity and occupation documents in Marseilles in 2001 and 2002, receiving stolen goods, and illegal entry or stay of a foreigner in France. The man was deported to Ireland in 2009.

He was arrested at Dublin Airport on October 16 last year attempting to board a Ryanair flight to Athens in possession of a false Belgian identity document and around €2,700 in cash.

He pleaded guilty to possession of the document and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Irish Independent

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