Creeslough man loses his High Court appeal over extradition

July 3, 2019

Creeslough man John Downey today lost his appeal aimed at stopping his extradition in connection with a bombing in Enniskillen.

UDR soldiers Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston and Private James Eames were killed when a device exploded in a vehicle they were checking.

Authorities in Northern Ireland are seeking to extradite the 67-year-old Donegal man in connection with the bombing on August 25th, 1972.

Mr Downey was arrested at his home in Ards on a European Arrest Warrant.

The High Court in Dublin ordered Mr Downey’s extradition in March, and the Court of Appeal upheld that decision today.

Mr Downey’s legal team said an appeal would be lodged to the Supreme Court.

The Court of Appeal put a stay on the order for surrender, pending the lodgement of a Supreme Court appeal, until July 12.

Thereafter, the stay will continue until the Supreme Court decides to hear Mr Downey’s case or not.