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Irishmen Deny Teaching Colombia Rebels Bomb-Making

Three men accused of being Irish Republican Army guerrillas pleaded their innocence in a Colombian court on Wednesday and said they met Marxist rebels to study peace talks and not teach bomb making. Making their first court appearance in the trial which began late last year, the trio said the prosecution had used false evidence to link them to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a rebel army known by the Spanish initials FARC. “The charge of training the FARC is a false charge, based on false evidence. The training never happened and I and my friends are therefore not guilty,” said Jim Monaghan. Together with Niall Connolly and Martin McCauley, Monaghan was arrested in August 2001 trying to leave Colombia using false passports. Full Story

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