IRA men lose extradition hearing

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The Independent Online
Three IRA prisoners who escaped from the Maze prison yesterday lost the latest stage of their battle against extradition proceedings in a court in San Francisco, one of their lawyers said.

US District Judge Charles Legge ordered Kevin Artt, Paul Brennan and Terry Kirby - among 38 IRA terrorists who escaped in 1983 - to surrender to the court, said one of Artt's lawyers, Julia Alloggiamento.She added that the rulings would be challenged.

Another Maze escaper, Jimmy Smyth, was brought back to Northern Ireland last year after losing a final appeal against his extradition, which had also been ordered by a San Francisco court.

The three men fled to the west coast of the US after the mass breakout from Ulster's top security Maze prison, in which one prison officer was fatally wounded.

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