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Sinn Fein

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Dropping Well Massacre in Ballykelly

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Padraig Wilson (44) was the leader of IRA prisoners in the Maze prison until he was freed early in 1999 under the Good Friday Agreement.He had served only a third of a 24-year sentence for possession of a car bomb, and his secret trip broke the terms of his release licence.

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Colombian intelligence documents say that Wilson entered Bogota, the capital, on Air France flight 422 on April 5 last year and flew on by Satena Airlines to San Vicente del Caguan in Farc territory.There he was met by guerrilla leaders.He returned to Paris on April 16 by the same route.A copy of an Irish passport bearing the name James Edward Walker and a photograph of Wilson has been passed to the Daily Telegraph by Colombian intelligence.
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Wilson was accompanied on the flights by Niall Connolly, Sinn Fein's representative in Cuba.
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The presence of such a high-ranking IRA man as Wilson in Colombia is powerful evidence that training activities were authorised by the terrorist group's top leadership.A surveillance photograph of Wilson taken at San Vicente del Caguan airport was shown by the Colombian authorities at a House international relations committee hearing in Washington last month.Wilson, a former Sinn Fein worker, is a strong supporter and friend of Gerry Adams.
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Emphasising that Wilson's trip was sanctioned by the IRA leadership, a senior British diplomatic source said: "You don't get much more senior than Wilson.
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More recently, the State Department is thought to be seriously concerned about photographic evidence that Padraig Wilson, a high-ranking member of the IRA and a confidant of Gerry Adams, was part of the IRA team in Colombia.
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Wilson is believed to have visited Colombia in April 2001 in the company of a well-known Irish journalist whose newspaper has been critical or dismissive of allegations that the three Irishmen were in Colombia were on an IRA mission to help FARC.He and his newspaper regularly suggested that such reports were part of an effort by members of various intelligence organizations to undermine Sinn Fein.Accusations that Wilson was involved could damage Adams's standing in the U.S. Adams has vociferously denied that the republican movement had any knowledge of the visits.
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The Irish journalist who allegedly accompanied Wilson was questioned in connection with the attempted assassination of a British businessman in Dublin about 15 years ago.His newspaper recently alleged that HIRC chairman Hyde had accepted campaign donations from defense contractors, hinting that his advocacy of giving U.S. aid to the Colombian government in its war against terrorist was linked to his relationship to the contractors.
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Wilson was leader of the IRA prisoners in the Maze before being released in 1999 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.The prison service in Northern Ireland will look into claims that Wilson broke the conditions of his licence when he went to South America.But sources played down the likelihood of any action being taken against him.Released prisoners are banned from taking part in terrorist activity relating to Northern Ireland only.In the Commons Tony Blair sidestepped the question when asked what action he would be taking against the IRA."It is a serious issue.That is why we are making it quite clear to Sinn Fein and any paramilitary organisations that such behaviour is unacceptable," he said.But he would not commit himself to any action.
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The State Department has studied evidence published by The Telegraph this week that Padraig Wilson, 44, an IRA leader with very close links to Gerry Adams, the Sinn Fein president, travelled to meet the Farc in April 2001.
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A copy of a passport in the name of James Edward Walker and bearing Mr Wilson's photograph is in the possession of The Telegraph.


McDowell claimed that Connolly travelled ...

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McDowell claimed that Connolly travelled to Colombia with his brother Niall and Padraig Wilson, a convicted IRA member, in April 2001 on a false passport.


Corks 96fm

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The Brighton bomber Patrick Magee; Padraig Wilson, the former IRA leader inside the Maze; Brian Keenan, who sits on the Provos` ruling army council; and top Belfast republicans Eddie Copeland and Bobby Storey all followed the coffin.


Sinn Fein IRA Gun runner

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Padraig Wilson, 44, was the leader of IRA prisoners in the Maze until he was freed early in 1999 under the Good Friday Agreement.He had served only a third of a 24-year sentence for possession of a car bomb and his secret trip broke the terms of his release licence.

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Colombian intelligence documents say that Wilson entered Bogota, the capital, on Air France flight 422 on April 5 last year and flew on by Satena Airlines to San Vicente del Caguan in Farc territory.There he was met by guerrilla leaders.He returned to Paris on April 16 by the same route.
A copy of an Irish passport bearing the name James Edward Walker and a photograph of Wilson has been passed to The Telegraph by Colombian intelligence.
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Wilson was accompanied on the flights by Niall Connolly, Sinn Fein's representative in Cuba.
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The presence of such a high-ranking IRA man as Wilson in Colombia is powerful evidence that training activities were authorised by the terrorist group's top leadership.
A surveillance photograph of Wilson taken at San Vicente del Caguan airport was shown by the Colombian authorities at a House international relations committee hearing in Washington last month.Wilson, a former Sinn Fein worker, is a strong supporter and friend of Mr Adams, the president of Sinn Fein.
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Emphasising that Wilson's trip was sanctioned by the IRA leadership, a senior British diplomatic source said: "You don't get much more senior than Wilson.This came right from the top."
By breaching his licence, Wilson is liable to be returned to jail to complete his sentence without having to be convicted of any offences.He is said to have acted as an emissary for the republican leadership.
"I think the message was, 'I bring greetings from the great leader,' " the source said.Asked who the leader was, he replied: "Adams."


FARC E IRA SE TOMAN DE LA MANO Y SE DAN BESITOS (ADEMÁS DE NARCODINERO E INSTRUCCIÓN EN TÉCNICAS PARA MATAR COLOMBIANOS)

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Padraig Wilson, 44, was the leader of IRA prisoners in the Maze until he was freed early in 1999 under the Good Friday Agreement.He had served only a third of a 24-year sentence for possession of a car bomb and his secret trip broke the terms of his release licence.

The IRA is believed to have received hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Marxist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the Farc) for help in developing terrorist techniques at least as far back as 1997, when the Provisionals declared a ceasefire.
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Colombian intelligence documents say that Wilson entered Bogota, the capital, on Air France flight 422 on April 5 last year and flew on by Satena Airlines to San Vicente del Caguan in Farc territory.There he was met by guerrilla leaders.He returned to Paris on April 16 by the same route.
A copy of an Irish passport bearing the name James Edward Walker and a photograph of Wilson has been passed to The Telegraph by Colombian intelligence.
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Wilson was accompanied on the flights by Niall Connolly, Sinn Fein's representative in Cuba.
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The presence of such a high-ranking IRA man as Wilson in Colombia is powerful evidence that training activities were authorised by the terrorist group's top leadership.
A surveillance photograph of Wilson taken at San Vicente del Caguan airport was shown by the Colombian authorities at a House international relations committee hearing in Washington last month.Wilson, a former Sinn Fein worker, is a strong supporter and friend of Mr Adams, the president of Sinn Fein.
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Emphasising that Wilson's trip was sanctioned by the IRA leadership, a senior British diplomatic source said: "You don't get much more senior than Wilson.This came right from the top."
By breaching his licence, Wilson is liable to be returned to jail to complete his sentence without having to be convicted of any offences.He is said to have acted as an emissary for the republican leadership.
"I think the message was, 'I bring greetings from the great leader,' " the source said.Asked who the leader was, he replied: "Adams."
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: Colombian intelligence documents say that Wilson entered Bogota, the capital, on Air France flight 422 on April 5 last year and flew on by Satena Airlines to San Vicente del Caguan in Farc territory.There he was met by guerrilla leaders.He returned to Paris on April 16 by the same route. : A copy of an Irish passport bearing the name James Edward Walker and a photograph of Wilson has been passed to The Telegraph by Colombian intelligence. : Wilson was accompanied on the flights by Niall Connolly, Sinn Fein's representative in Cuba.Connolly, Monaghan and Martin McCauley were arrested on Aug 11 last year as they tried to leave Bogota for Paris. : They are alleged to be leading IRA members and are in jail awaiting trial on charges of training Farc terrorists. : The presence of such a high-ranking IRA man as Wilson in Colombia is powerful evidence that training activities were authorised by the terrorist group's top leadership. : A surveillance photograph of Wilson taken at San Vicente del Caguan airport was shown by the Colombian authorities at a House international relations committee hearing in Washington last month.
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Wilson, a former Sinn Fein worker, is a strong supporter and friend of Mr Adams, the president of Sinn Fein. : Another visitor to the Farc zone, entering on April 7 last year has been identified by British sources as a Dublin journalist and dedicated republican.
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British intelligence sources say that Brian Keenan, a member of the IRA's ruling army council with Mr Adams, also met leaders of the Farc, which has more than 18,000 members and controls much of the country's drug trade. : David Adams, a cousin of the Sinn Fein leader who was sentenced to 25 years in 1995 for conspiracy to murder and was also released early, is believed to have been among up to a dozen other IRA men who travelled to the Farc zone last year. : Emphasising that Wilson's trip was sanctioned by the IRA leadership, a senior British diplomatic source said: "You don't get much more senior than Wilson.
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: By breaching his licence, Wilson is liable to be returned to jail to complete his sentence without having to be convicted of any offences.He is said to have acted as an emissary for the republican leadership. : "I think the message was, 'I bring greetings from the great leader,' " the source said.Asked who the leader was, he replied: "Adams.": There was no reply from Sinn Fein's press office in Belfast last night and a call to Rita O'Hare, its Washington representative, was not returned. : Mr Adams has said that neither he "nor anyone else in the Sinn Fein leadership were aware that the three men [Connolly, Monaghan and McCauley] were travelling to Colombia". : Washington, London and Bogota are convinced that the IRA's Colombian activities are also linked to Cuba, Venezuela and to Eta, the Basque terrorist group in Spain. : IRA leaders are believed to have used some of the payments to buy weapons in Latin America. : At the same time they were carrying out symbolic acts of arms decommissioning in return for the Army closing bases and demolishing watchtowers in Northern Ireland. : The money is thought to have reached the IRA through offshore accounts administered by the Farc.Some is likely to have been funnelled to Sinn Fein and some could have been used to buy arms from suppliers in eastern Europe.
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