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No extradition for Irishman accused of selling North Korean forged dollars

Ireland's High Court ruled against extraditing former Irish political party leader Seán Garland to the US, where he has been indicted for circulating North Korean forgeries of $100 bills.

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It should have been Ireland's trial of the century: The elderly leader of a communist breakaway group from the IRA, whose former party comrades are now in government, sat accused by the US State Department of distributing “superdollars” – perfect forgeries of US dollars – printed by the North Korean government to underwrite the dictatorship's failing economy, and, in some of the more thriller-like reports, to undermine the US economy at the same time.

And yet, other than the initial allegations, the long-running extradition battle barely registered in the press in Ireland or abroad.   This morning, it drew to a close as Ireland's High Court ruled against extraditing former Irish political party leader Seán Garland to the United States to face charges of distributing counterfeit dollars allegedly printed by North Korea.

Speaking at a hearing this morning, Justice John Edwards said the court would not grant the application and will furnish the reasons for doing so on Jan. 13. The decision had originally been due in October, after the hearing adjourned in July.

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