|Condoleeza Rice - demanded extradition
The President of the Workers’ Party has called for the release
from custody of Seán Garland, former Party President, and has also called on the Irish government to support a call for a
withdrawal of the warrant issued against him by the United States’ authorities.
Mr. Michael Finnegan said, “We
now that the outgoing US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice personally signed the extradition request for Sean Garland in
the dying days of the Bush administration. This was clearly a vengeful act and we call on the new Obama administration
to live up to its glowing promises of creating a new dawn of honesty and trust”.
“Many of us were encouraged
by the words of President Obama in his inauguration speech two weeks ago in which he declared that his government would not
follow the same discredited path as Bush and Cheney. The continued pursuit of a 74 year old, suffering from diabetes
and cancer, and who has spent a lifetime fighting for justice and against division and sectarianism on this island, is both
vindictive and inhumane”, said Mr. Finnegan.
“The Allegations against Seán Garland are both preposterous
and without foundation. We have no doubt whatsoever that Seán Garland will be vindicated at the end of this process.
However, given Seán’s medical condition and the conditions in the prison in which he is being currently held, we believe
that in the meantime his health will suffer irreparable damage. I therefore call for an end to these pointless proceedings
and for Seán’s immediate release”, said the Workers’ Party President.
Issued 3rd February 2009