Ex-IRA man pleads guilty to attack on British barracks

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20 March 2006, CELLE, GERMANY - A Northern Ireland man pleaded guilty Monday to involvement in an IRA bomb attack which damaged a British army base in Germany 17 years ago.

20 March 2006

CELLE, GERMANY - A Northern Ireland man pleaded guilty Monday to involvement in an IRA bomb attack which damaged a British army base in Germany 17 years ago.

Leonard Joseph Hardy, 45, was charged with attempted murder and deliberately causing an explosion at Quebec barracks in Osnabrueck in June 1989.

"My client fully admits to the charges," a defence lawyer told the court.

Prosecutors said Hardy was a member of the provisional wing of the IRA, which planted five bombs at the base, only one of which exploded.

No one was injured but the blast caused 77,000 euros (91,000 dollars) in damage.

"The intention was kill as many soldiers of the British army as possible," the prosecution said in presenting its case.

Hardy was arrested in the Spanish resort of Torremolinos last summer, but allowed to return to Northern Ireland before surrendering to police in Germany early this year.

Four accomplices implicated in the attack were convicted of attempted murder in Germany in 1995 and jailed for between nine and 10 years.

DPA

Subject: German news

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