POL BRENNAN, FISSATA LA DATA DELL’ESTRADIZIONE
Pòl Brennan verrà estradato dagli Stati Uniti il 21 agosto
E’ stato lo stesso Pòl Brennan a comunicare la data della sua estradizione dagli Stati Uniti, dove ormai risiede da più di 25 anni.
La decisione del Department of Homeland Security è stata verbalmente comunicata a Brennan lo scorso giovedì, dopo 18 mesi di detenzione nel Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas.
E’ ormai remota la probabilità di una risoluzione positiva del caso, se non con un ‘pubblico grido’ contro l’ingiustizia di questa deportazione, così come ha dichiarato Beth Feinberg, suo avvocato difensore.
Pòl Brennan è apparso in un certo qual modo sollevato dall’ufficializzazione della sua estradizione: “Sono deluso”, ha dichiarato Brennan all’Irish Echo dal carcere. “Ma dover restare 18 mesi in un carcere per i reati di immigrazione non è un pic-nic. Comunque vada, sono felice di essere fuori da questa situazione”.
Pòl Brennan verrà dunque con ogni probabilità messo su un aereo con destinazione Repubblica d’Irlanda, dove non dovrebbe incontrare difficoltà giuridiche.
Dopo il 1998 infatti, anni in cui venne siglato il Good Friday Agreement, il governo britannico ha rinunciato ad ogni azione per ottenere la sua estradizione.
In questo frangente, l’ultimo pensiero di Pòl Brennan va ai suoi sostenitori: “Desidero ringraziare tutti coloro che hanno lavorato in mio nome”. “Sono troppo numerosi da elencare in questo momento, ma ci sarà occasione in futuro. E ‘stato veramente edificante vedere il sostegno che c’è lì fuori”.
D-day scheduled (Yhe Irish Echo)
Brennan told he’s leaving Friday
August 19, 2009 Former Maze prisoner and long-time California resident Pól Brennan has been informed that he is to be deported from the United States on Friday, August 21.
The Department of Homeland Security’s decision was verbally relayed to Brennan last Thursday at Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas, where he has been held since his arrest 18 months ago.
His lawyer Beth Feinberg said that only a “public outcry” over the unjustness of the deportation order could prevent it.
“At this point, the strongest action that can be taken is to contact Secretary Napolitano’s office at the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as legislators to try to get the message across that Pól should not be deported and should be allowed to remain in the U.S.,” Feinberg said, “particularly in light of the fact of the intent and spirit of the Good Friday Agreement was not to punish folks for political activity that occurred so long ago in Northern Ireland, and 30 years ago in Pól’s case.”
Brennan was stopped and detained on Jan. 27, 2008 at an immigration checkpoint in Texas, because his U.S.-issued work permit had expired. He had applied for a renewal but it had not arrived. He and his wife Joanna Volz were on a trip to visit friends in the state at the time.
“I’m disappointed,” Brennan told the Echo from prison. “But spending 18 months in immigration jails is no picnic. Either way, I’m glad to be out of this situation.”
He asked that supporters contact their representatives as well the Departments of State and Homeland Security about his case and those of others in the same position.
“The hope is that they will take another look at it. If not, I will in all likelihood be put on a plane [this] Friday,” he said.
If that happens, Brennan will most probably be flown to an airport in the Republic of Ireland and he said he didn’t foresee any legal difficulties there.
A judge ordered Brennan’s deportation in November, and his appeals were exhausted in April. Since then, the case has been in the political realm, according to his legal team.
“We have been asking both for a deferred action and a waiver of removal that would allow him to remain in the country as a lawful permanent resident based on his 20-year marriage to a U.S. citizen,” said Feinberg, a lawyer with the San Francisco firm Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale.
Brennan, 56, was one of 38 IRA prisoners who escaped from the Maze Prison (also known as Long Kesh) in 1983. After leaving Ireland, he lived under an assumed name in the San Francisco area for a number of years. He was arrested in 1993, and detained while the British government sought his extradition.
After the 1998 signing of the Good Friday agreement, which Brennan supports, the British government ended its efforts to extradite him and he lived openly under his own name from that point on.
“I would like to thank everybody who has worked on my behalf,” Brennan said. “They’re too numerous to name at the minute, but I will be doing so at a further date. It was really uplifting to see the support that was out there.”