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IRA Suspect Arrested After Court Chaos

April 13, 1996

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) _ An IRA suspect was taken into custody Saturday for the third time in three days after Britain failed in a chaotic court session to present proper documents seeking his extradition.

Scotland Yard wants to question Tony Duncan, 26, of Dublin, about two 1994 attacks in the English resort towns of Brighton and Bognor Regis in which small bombs were hidden in bicycle baskets. No one was seriously injured.

Duncan was first arrested by Irish police on Thursday and held without charge under anti-terrorism laws. He was released early Saturday, then immediately arrested again to face the extradition hearing.

But after three hours of legal wrangling, Irish prosecutors said the paperwork from Scotland Yard was ``fundamentally flawed.″

``I take definite exception to this and object to what has happened,″ said District Court Judge Tim Crowley, noting that similar mistakes had happened before.

Scotland Yard refused to comment.

After Duncan left the court, he was quickly arrested again by Irish police. He was charged with being a member of the outlawed Irish Republican Army, which is waging a violent campaign to end British rule in Northern Ireland.

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