Federal Prosecutor Charges Four IRA Suspects With Attempted Murder
Nov. 16, 1992
KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) _ The federal prosecutor's office said Monday it has charged four alleged Irish Republican Army members with attempted murder in a 1989 bomb attack against the British army in Germany.
The prosecutor's office identified those charged as Patrick Murray, 49; Donogh Mary O'Kane, 32; Donna Maguire, 26; and Pauline Drumm, 26.
The statement said the four belong to the Provisional Irish Republican Army - a radical IRA splinter group - and banded together in 1989 to carry out attacks against British military sites in Europe, including Germany.
The charges of attempted murder were filed with the high state court in Celle in Lower Saxony state, the prosecutor's office said. No date was set for a trial.
The four allegedly took part in a June 19, 1989, bombing at the British army's Quebec Barracks in Osnabrueck, about 80 miles south of Bremen. No one was hurt in the attack.
Drumm, Murray and O'Kane are being held in France, and Germany has requested their extradition to face the charges, the statement said.
Maguire is on trial in Duesseldorf on charges connected with the murder of a British army major shot in Dortmund in June 1990.
The outlawed IRA, rooted in Northern Ireland's Roman Catholic minority, has for decades attacked British government and civilian targets in the province, Britain and Europe in a campaign to end British rule in Northern Ireland.
The more radical Provisional IRA dates from a split in the IRA in 1969.