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October 10, 1985

An appeals court in Belfast, Northern Ireland, quashed a murder conviction against former Irish Republican Army leader Dominic McGlinchey, 30. However, he was ordered detained for 48 hours pending a possible appeal to Britain's House of Lords. McGlinchey, the first terrorist suspect to be extradited from the Irish Republic to Northern Ireland, was convicted last year of the 1977 murder of a 63-year-old postmistress whose son was a reserve policeman. The appeals court ruled against admitting two key pieces of evidence: fingerprints and affidavits signed by McGlinchey.

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