Northern politician Jeffrey Donaldson wants Pol Brennan jailed
Jeffrey Donaldson determined to lock up former IRA prisoner
In 1976, Brennan, armed with a handgun, was arrested while moving explosives through Belfast. A year later he was sentenced to 16 years in jail.
In 1983, Brennan was one of the 38 IRA prisoners who escaped the Maze Prison. Months after the escape, Brennan moved to the U.S. to start a new a life.
In 1993, Brennan was arrested in Berkeley, California after applying for a U.S. passport using a false name. Brennan was released on bail.
During the 90’s England requested his extradition but in the upshot of the Good Friday agreement, Britain dropped its extraction case against him in 2000.
Brennan moved on with his life and worked as a carpenter in San Francisco from 2000 to 2006.
Brennan has received support from the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) as well as Congressmen Peter King and Jim Walsh from New York and Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, chairman of he the Friends of Ireland in Congress.
Last November, Brennan told a court in Texas that he feared his life would be in danger if he were deported back to Ireland. He said he hoped for political asylum.
It was revealed in court in Texas that Brennan arrived in the U.S. in 1984 under a false name and later purchased a pistol using same alias.
Brennan’s wife told a newspaper in San Antonio, Texas that she would not be joining her husband in Ireland. She has an elderly mother that she takes care of in the U.S.
“As I told the judge, I’ve got commitments in Texas, grandchildren in Seattle,” she said Sunday. “And now I’ve got a husband in Ireland.”
It is unlikely that Volz would see her husband before his deportation.
Volz, who said that her husband had an Irish passport, attacked the U.S. authorities for “going against the spirit of the agreement” in deporting him over an immigration offense.
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