Mr. Garland was indicted by the US for circulating North Korean forgeries of American $100 bills in the 1990s in cooperation with the Russian Communist Party and British criminal contacts. Garland denies the charges, and claims the American government wants to put him in Guantánamo Bay or, at the very least, a "Supermax" prison from which he will never see daylight again.
Garland was first arrested on the charges in Northern Ireland in 2005, but while awaiting extradition, he jumped bail and fled to the Republic of Ireland, where he lives. He was rearrested by Irish authorities in 2009.
The Rev. Chris Hudson, chair of the Stop the Extradition of Seán Garland campaign, today issued a statement supporting the judgment.
“This has been a horrendous six-year ordeal for Seán, his family, and friends,” said Mr. Hudson, “and I am delighted with the progress we have made today. I have always believed that the US extradition demand was a vindictive act by the former Bush administration designed to punish and isolate North Korea and anyone who had connections with that country.”
Speaking to The Christian Science Monitor in July, Mick Finngean, the current president of the Workers' Party, said the allegations against Garland were absurd and politically motivated, and the US justice system was too slanted. “There’s no way Seán Garland, given his opposition to [US foreign policy] and political beliefs, would get a fair trial,” he said. “The most right-wing fanatics have already presumed him guilty.”