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Judge considers Colombia case

The trial of three Irishmen in Colombia accused of training Marxist guerillas has ended. Martin McAuley, James Monaghan and Niall Connolly are accused of training left-wing Farc rebels in the use of explosives and using false documentation. The defence teams made their closing statements to the court in Bogota on Friday. The men were arrested in August 2001 as they stepped off a plane from an area which was a stronghold of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). The three men had previously refused to attend the trial because of fears for their safety, but they protested their innocence in addresses to the non-jury court on Wednesday. Under Colombian law, the judge could take from three weeks to several months before delivering his written verdict. Full Story

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