10 April 2006

Man held over hijacking had been freed in 1998


10 April 2006 20:20

RTÉ News has learned that one of the men arrested by gardaí in connection with the hijacking of a vehicle in Co Meath was released under the terms of the Good Friday agreement in 1998.

At that time he was serving a six-year sentence for possession of explosives.

A total of three men were arrested in Co Westmeath in connection with the incident and it is understood at least two of the men are former members of the IRA.

The truck, which was carrying €300,000 worth of vodka, was hijacked on the Dublin side of Dunshaughlin.

It was later discovered by gardaí near Delvin in Co Westmeath, and the driver of the truck was found to be uninjured.

The Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, said he is very concerned about the incident and is monitoring the situation.

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