IRA suspect who lived on Costa del Sol extradited

25th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2006, MADRID — A suspected member of the IRA wanted over an 1989 attack on a British army base in Germany has been extradited from Spain.

25 January 2006

MADRID — A suspected member of the IRA wanted over an 1989 attack on a British army base in Germany has been extradited from Spain.

Leonard Joseph Hardy, 44, from Northern Ireland, was arrested in August in a hotel in the Spanish resort of Torremolinos.

Hardy is suspected of taking part in the attack on the British army’s Quebec barracks in Osnabruck in 1989, in which 12 bombs were planted at the base.

The attack was foiled by a workman who spotted the devices.

Prosecutors claim he was one of at least five IRA Active Service Unit members that planned the attack, planting the bombs – made of a total of 265lbs of military-grade plastic explosives – around the base.

One exploded but caused no injuries, while the others malfunctioned, prosecutors claim.

Four others involved in the attack were convicted in Germany in 1995 of attempted murder and sentenced to several years probation.

Hardy was flown to Frankfurt and taken into custody by federal police.

No date was set for a trial.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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