Friday 15 November 2019

US request for Snowden arrest warrant refused by judge

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden

Tim Healy

A JUDGE has refused a US request to issue a provisional warrant for the arrest of Edward Snowden should he arrive in Ireland.

Mr Snowden is wanted by US authorities for offences including alleged unauthorised disclosure of national security information.

But High Court judge Mr Justice Colm MacEochaidh said he was refusing the US request of July 5, made through the US Embassy in Dublin, to grant the warrant.

He said there was insufficient detail in the US documents as to where it was alleged the offences were committed. The alleged offences include unauthorised disclosure and theft of government property.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter last night noted that the courts are independent, but said the ruling did not prevent a fresh application being made for an arrest warrant for Mr Snowden.

"The Irish and US authorities have remained in close contact about this matter and, for its part, the Government will take any action open to it to ensure that the State's obligations in relation to extradition arrangements are met," he said.

"It should be noted that what the court addressed was the issuing of an arrest warrant, rather than a determination as to whether an individual should or should not be extradited."

Irish Independent

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