1992 North American IRA arrests
The four men were arrested on charges of purchasing 2,900 detonators from a supplier in Arizona in November 1989, believed to be destined for the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Three of the arrests took place in New York City, and the other in New Haven, Connecticut. The FBI stated that the arrests formed part of a "terrorism operation" The arrests were described elsewhere as a "political witch hunt".
Although all citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Thomas Maguire from Fermanagh, and Gerard Branigan and Patrick Moley from Armagh were legal residents of the United States, and Denis Leyne from Cork was a legal Canadian resident living in Toronto. Moley's brother Shamus had been arrested in 1990, along with Canadian Sean John McCann, following the attempted purchase of a Stinger missile.
The men were acquitted of the charges in April 1994.
Two native-born Floridians, John Lynch and William Kelly, were also charged in the conspiracy, but denied ever having even known the four men.
- Intelligence Online, Threat Assessment: IRA Smuggling Charges, February 12, 1992
- Barron, James. New York Times, "4 Arrested in Shipments of Detonators to Northern Ireland ", November 12, 1992
- "6 cleared on charges of shipping explosives, 04/27/94". Wc.arizona.edu. Retrieved 2008-09-24.[dead link]
- SQOIRSC, "Four Irishmen held in USA despite bail grant", Nollaiz/December 1992
- New York Times, "Four are accused of trying to buy anti-aircraft missile for the IRA", January 13, 1990.
|This Canadian history article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|