Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said her party will continue to support John Downey and his family after he was extradited to the North and remanded in custody to face historical charges relating to the conflict in the North.
Speaking today Teachta McDonald said;
“Our friend and colleague John Downey has been extradited to the North to face historic charges relating to the conflict. He has been denied bail as the judge ruled he is a flight risk despite the fact that John handed himself in to Letterkenny Garda Station yesterday to be extradited to face trial.
“The allegations against John Downey have been dealt with previously and the British Government has publicly stated that he is not wanted in connection with any offence.
“This was tested in the courts and John was subsequently released. That judgement should be respected by the British authorities.
“The extradition request from the British Authorities is vindictive and bad faith and is an attempt to overturn due process.
“It follows a campaign to introduce an amnesty for British soldiers at a time when the spotlight is on them for their actions.
“John Downey is a supporter of the peace process over many years. He should be at home with his family in Donegal.
“Sinn Féin will continue to support John and his family through this distressing time.”