A man sued for the murder of two soldiers in Northern Ireland has to appear in court.

John Downey, wanted for the murder of two soldiers of the Ulster Defense Regiment in 1972, was extradited to the UK after being arrested in the Republic of Ireland.

He went on Friday after losing a call to challenge extradition in July of this year.


The Irish police on Friday night issued a statement in which he said: "An Garda Siochana arrested a man some sixty years ago today, 11 October 2019.

"This man was extradited to Northern Ireland pursuant to a European arrest warrant (EAW) issued by the PSNI."

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) stated that he had arrested a 67-year-old man as a result of his extradition and that he was scheduled to appear in the trial court of ####################################################### Omagh Saturday morning.

In a statement, law enforcement officials added: "PSNI detectives arrested the 67-year-old man suspected of murdering two soldiers of the Ulster Defense Regiment. (UDR) in 1972 and suspected of aiding and abetting an explosion.

"Lance Corporal Alfred Johnston, a father of four, and Private James Eames, a father of three, died when a machine was blown up in a car they were checking on. Irvinestown Road, Cherrymount, Enniskillen.

"The PSNI investigation on these killings remains active."


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Mr. Downey was arrested at his home in Donegal last October, under a European arrest warrant, after authorities in Northern Ireland determined that they had sufficient evidence to accuse him of the murder of MM. Johnston, 32, and Eames, 33.

The soldiers died in a car bomb attack in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in August 1972.

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