20 March 2006

IRA barracks bombing trial begins

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usA Northern Ireland man has gone on trial on charges of attempted murder over an IRA bomb attack on a British army base in Germany in 1989.

Leonard Joseph Hardy, 45, from Antrim, is also charged with deliberately causing an explosion at Quebec barracks in Osnabruck.

Mr Hardy was arrested last August in the Spanish resort of Torremolinos and extradited to Germany in January.

No-one was injured in the attack on the British army base in June 1989.

The trial is taking place in a state court in the central town of Celle.

German prosecutors claimed he was one of at least five IRA members that planned to place the bombs around the base.

They said the suspects were disturbed by a workman at the base, meaning only one bomb went off, causing damage put at £75,000.

Four people implicated in the attack were convicted of attempted murder in Germany in 1995 and jailed for between nine and 12 years.

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