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    Irish immigrant in NY fights extradition

    By Noreen Bowden | January 28, 2008

    A County Louth native is fighting extradition from the US. Joe Byrne, a resident of Pearl River, New York, is facing an extradition warrant filed by the Director of Public Prosecution in Ireland. Authorities there allege he was involved in two robberies over ten years ago. Mr Byrne was questioned by gardai in 1997 over the case, in which £8,200 was stolen from a pub; at that time, he was released without charge. Shortly after, he moved to the US, met his wife, Eileen, and received a green card; on the application, he admitted that he had been questioned in the case and provided a reference from the gardai in Dundalk.

    In July 2006, however, he was arrested by FBI agents on the warrant from the Irish authorities. Last fall, a court in New York decided against him.

    His extradition was originally scheduled to take place before 29th of January, but the Department of State has agreed to put off the extradition until at least next month.

    Mr Byrne’s wife, Eileen, told the Irish Emigrant that she fears for his life were he to be extradited, saying the main person involved in the robbery was a known member of the INLA.

    The Ancient Order of Hibernians is supporting a petition campaign to stop the extradition.

    Read the full story in the Irish Emigrant.

    View the petition to stop the extradition.

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