A decade of injustice

By Jeremy Hardy (for the Guardian)

In May 1997 Roisin McAliskey was released from Holloway prison just in time to give birth to her daughter. A few days after the birth, still on bail, she was confined to a psychiatric hospital. Some readers might remember that a German prosecutor was seeking her extradition in connection with a failed mortar attack on the British army barracks at Osnabruck, and that a large number of people, me included, were adamant that the then home secretary, Jack Straw, should refuse the application. After many months, he did. Now, when we seem to be commemorating the anniversaries of all years that end in seven, it seems unbelievable that McAliskey is back in court today, facing the same threat she was facing 10 years ago.

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