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Court: IRA Suspect May Be Extradited

January 2, 1998

LONDON (AP) _ A woman wanted for questioning in an IRA attack on a British army base in Germany can be extradited, a court ruled today, leaving the final decision up to the British government.

British officials have not said whether they intend to hand over 26-year-old Roisin McAliskey, the daughter of former nationalist lawmaker Bernadette McAliskey.

The younger McAliskey was arrested in Northern Ireland on Nov. 20, 1996. Pregnant at the time, she was held until the birth of her daughter in May. She remains in a London hospital, recovering from an unexplained decline in health during her detention.

Supporters waving banners protesting her innocence demonstrated today outside London’s Bow Street Magistrate’s Court where judge Nicholas Evans made the ruling.

The decision was a legal formality, and British Home Secretary Jack Straw will now decide on legal arguments urging him to block the extradition.

McAliskey denies involvement in the June 1996 Irish Republican Army attack on the Osnabruck barracks. Nobody was injured but buildings were damaged.

Her mother, the former Bernadette Devlin, a nationally prominent lawmaker in the 1960s opposing British rule in Northern Ireland, says her daughter has been singled out because of her family background.

Sean McCotter, the baby’s father, is an ex-prisoner from three generations of anti-British nationalists.

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