Judge Denies Former IRA Detainee’s Request to Stay


From Christopher Sherman, Associated Press: A former IRA militant living in the United States for nearly 25 years has been denied the right to remain in the country.

Pol (PAUL) Brennan’s attorney was notified of the decision Friday. A spokeswoman for the immigration courts says the order was issued Wednesday.

The 55-year-old was taken into custody in Texas this January after the Border Patrol noticed he had an expired work permit.

Brennan has testified that he transported what he believed were explosives for the Irish Republican Army on six occasions. He was arrested in 1976, escaped from prison in 1983, and fled to the U.S. He has been living in San Francisco.

His lawyer says he didn’t know if Brennan wanted to appeal. Brennan had asked for political asylum or permanent residency.


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