IRA bomb suspect appears in court

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22 October 2004, LISBURN - A man who was arrested in Spain in connection with a fatal IRA bomb attack appeared in court Friday.

22 October 2004

LISBURN - A man who was arrested in Spain in connection with a fatal IRA bomb attack appeared in court Friday.

Michael Rogan, 44, whose address was given as Omeath, Northern Ireland, is charged with causing explosions at Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn in 1996.

He also faces two charges of collecting information about prison officers and the security forces, likely to be of use to terrorists.

Lisburn Magistrate's Court heard on Friday that he replied "not guilty" when charged.

One soldier, Warrant Officer James Bradwell, 43, was fatally wounded and 31 others were injured in the attack on the Army base.

Rogan has been wanted by police since he failed to appear in court in November 1997.

He was arrested last Monday in Playa de las Americas, in Tenerife and subsequently agreed to be extradited back to Northern Ireland.

An officer who travelled to Spain and brought Rogan back to the province told the court he believed he could connect him with the charges.

However, a defence solicitor said Rogan would be fighting the case and criticised what he described as "inaccurate press reports".

"The object is to try and influence the public in a way by publishing untruths about this defendant and the charges he faces," the lawyer said.

"The defendant was on a week's holiday in Tenerife and to say he had been living in Spain for some time (is not true)."

Madden criticised Rogan's detention for 10 days, claiming his client was unable to contact his family or legal representatives.

"I didn't know where he was," he said. "There's a letter of protest from the Irish Government to the Spanish authorities in relation to that."

He has been remanded in custody to appear at a preliminary inquiry on 19 November.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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