01 October 2005

Hardy bailed from Spanish prison

Daily Ireland

by CIARAN BARNES

A Belfast men arrested in Spain for his alleged involvement in an IRA attack in Germany 16 years ago was last night released on bail from a prison near Madrid.
Leonard Hardy (44) was arrested in August while on a family holiday in Torremolinos after a European arrest warrant was issued relating to an extradition request from Germany.
German authorities want to try him for the mortar bombing of Osnabruck British army base in August 1989.
Supporters of Mr Hardy argued that the extradition proceedings represented an infringement of his civil liberties and that his freedom should be protected under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
Mr Hardy's wife, Donna, this week hit out in Daily Ireland at the delay in her husband receiving bail.
In 1990, the Belfast man was sentenced to five years in Portlaoise prison in the Republic after being caught with explosives as he got off a ferry in Rosslare.
Since his release, he has lived openly in Co Louth with his wife and now has four children.
The family regularly took holidays in Spain.
Donna Hardy (formerly Maguire) was convicted in 1994 for the same attack in Osnabruck but was released after the court took into account time spent in custody awaiting trial.

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