Tuesday 24 October 2017

Family's delight as alleged killer detained in US

Mahmoud Bazzi
Mahmoud Bazzi


THE alleged killer of two Irish soldiers while they were on UN duty in the Lebanon 34-years ago has been detained by US immigration officials.

The daughter of one of the murdered soldiers, Macroom man Private Thomas Barrett, said she believed this may finally be the first step in bringing her fathers killer to justice.

Mahmoud Bazzi, who has been living openly in the US since the 1980s, was detained this week by US immigration officials in relation to "administrative immigration violations".

Private Barrett's daughter Karen told The Corkman her family was delighted at the latest development.

"We have fought a long and hard battle to see Bazzi brought to justice," said Karen.

"The bottom line is that we want to see him extradited back to the Lebanon and this is a big step in that direction. All we want is to see him stood up in a court of law to face trail for his crimes," she added.