GERMANY: DONNA MACGUIRE WALKS FREE FROM A GERMAN COURT AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF BOMBING A BRITISH ARMY BASERecord ID: 639730
- Title: GERMANY: DONNA MACGUIRE WALKS FREE FROM A GERMAN COURT AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF BOMBING A BRITISH ARMY BASE
- Date: 28th June 1995
- Summary: CELLE, GERMANY (JUNE 28, 1995) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. SV EXTERIOR OF COURT BUILDING 0.14 2. SV POLICE VAN CARRYING DONNA MAGUIRE ARRIVING AT COURT BUILDING (MAGUIRE NOT SEEN) 0.20 3. CU PHOTO OF MAGUIRE IN A NEWSPAPER 0.24 4. SV INTERIOR OF COURT BEFORE THE HEARING STARTS, JOURNALISTS AND OFFICIALS INSIDE 0.57 5. SV EXTERIOR, JOURNALISTS GATHERED 1.06 6. SCU DEFENCE LAWYER BARBARA KLAWITTER WALKING OUT OF COURT BUILDING AND SAYING THEY ARE VERY HAPPY THAT MAGUIRE IS FREE BUT IT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED MUCH EARLIER...THEY DO NOT AGREE THAT SHE IS GUILTY SO THEY WILL APPEAL FOR AN ACQUITTAL (ENGLISH) 1.40 7. SV JOURNALISTS 1.45 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: CELLE, NEAR HANOVER, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Duration: 00:01:46
- Story Text: A woman believed to belong to the outlawed guerrilla group, the Irish Republican Army (IRA), walked free from a German court on Wednesday (June 28) just hours after being convicted of bombing a British army base.
Donna Maguire was jailed for nine years but was set free because she had already served about two-thirds of the sentence in prisons around Europe while awaiting trial.
The court, at Celle, near Hanover, found the 28-year-old guilty of taking part in the bombing of the Quebec barracks at Osnabruck, Germany, in 1989.Nobody was killed.
Maguire was alleged to have been part of an IRA cell active in Europe and was convicted of attempted murder, explosives offences and spying on British military installations in Germany.The IRA is a proscribed organisation in the United Kingdom.
The former convent girl from Newry, County Down, Ireland, had spent almost six years in jails in Ireland, Belgium, Holland and Germany on remand and awaiting extradition.
During the trial at Celle she became the longest serving remand prisoner in German legal history.
Maguire's lawyer, Barbara Klawitter, said her client would appeal against the conviction.
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