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September 16, 1994 | From Associated Press
A federal judge Thursday refused to order the extradition of an Irish nationalist and prison escapee to Britain to complete his sentence for attempted murder, saying the man would face persecution because of his political views. U.S. District Judge Barbara Caulfield ordered the immediate release of James Joseph Smyth from jail, where he has been held except for short intervals since his capture by federal agents in San Francisco in June, 1992.
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August 19, 1996 | From Reuters
An alleged IRA member who escaped from prison in 1983 is back behind bars in Northern Ireland following his extradition from the United States, security sources in the British province said Sunday. They said Jimmy Smyth is in Maghaberry jail, near the town of Lisburn, where he will serve the remaining 15 years of a prison term after being flown from San Francisco to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.
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July 28, 1995 | From Associated Press
Rejecting a federal judge's findings of probable persecution, an appeals court Thursday ordered the extradition to Northern Ireland of a nationalist who escaped in 1983 while serving a sentence for attempted murder. James Joseph Smyth's extradition was barred last September by U.S. District Judge Barbara Caulfield.
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August 18, 1996 | From Reuters
Northern Ireland fugitive James Joseph Smyth was moved Saturday from a federal prison in Northern California amid speculation he was extradited to Britain, his attorney and supporters said. The San Francisco chapter of the Irish American Unity Conference, a group that has been supporting Smyth, released a statement saying Smyth was extradited. "The long fight of Irish nationalist Jimmy Smyth to avoid extradition . . . ended in failure Saturday," the group said.
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August 18, 1996 | From Reuters
Northern Ireland fugitive James Joseph Smyth was moved Saturday from a federal prison in Northern California amid speculation he was extradited to Britain, his attorney and supporters said. The San Francisco chapter of the Irish American Unity Conference, a group that has been supporting Smyth, released a statement saying Smyth was extradited. "The long fight of Irish nationalist Jimmy Smyth to avoid extradition . . . ended in failure Saturday," the group said.
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October 13, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the past two weeks, British officials and Irish activists have squared off in federal court here in an unusual extradition hearing that has turned into a challenge of British rule in Northern Ireland. In proceedings that sometimes resemble the World Court, an undersecretary of state, a brigadier general, a prison governor, a member of Parliament and Irish radical Bernadette Devlin McAliskey have taken the witness stand to debate British policy in the province.
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August 19, 1996 | From Reuters
An alleged IRA member who escaped from prison in 1983 is back behind bars in Northern Ireland following his extradition from the United States, security sources in the British province said Sunday. They said Jimmy Smyth is in Maghaberry jail, near the town of Lisburn, where he will serve the remaining 15 years of a prison term after being flown from San Francisco to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.
NEWS
June 5, 1992
Two Irish Republican Army members who broke out of Belfast's storied Maze Prison in a 1983 mass escape have been captured, one in San Diego and the other in San Francisco, authorities said Thursday. Kevin Barry John Artt, 33, who had been fired a few days ago from his job as a salesman at a Pacific Beach car dealership, was arrested Wednesday as he climbed out of a boat near a Mission Bay hotel, authorities said. In Northern Ireland he had been serving a life term for killing a prison warden.
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September 26, 1992 | BOB EGELKO, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
An escapee from a prison in Northern Ireland who was arrested in San Diego in June filed court papers Friday saying he was given a life sentence after being coerced into confessing to a murder he did not commit. The man who was known as Kevin Barry John Artt when he joined the mass breakout from Maze prison in 1983, and now calls himself Kevin Keohane, outlined his planned defense against a U.S. charge of passport fraud and an extradition request from the United Kingdom.
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June 5, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Irish Republican Army members who broke out of Belfast's storied Maze Prison in a 1983 mass escape have been captured, one in San Diego and the other in San Francisco, authorities said Thursday. Kevin Barry John Artt, 33, who had been fired a few days ago from his job as a salesman at a Pacific Beach Ford dealership, was arrested Wednesday as he climbed off his houseboat at a Mission Bay marina, authorities said. He had been serving a life term for killing a prison warden.
NEWS
July 28, 1995 | From Associated Press
Rejecting a federal judge's findings of probable persecution, an appeals court Thursday ordered the extradition to Northern Ireland of a nationalist who escaped in 1983 while serving a sentence for attempted murder. James Joseph Smyth's extradition was barred last September by U.S. District Judge Barbara Caulfield.
NEWS
September 16, 1994 | From Associated Press
A federal judge Thursday refused to order the extradition of an Irish nationalist and prison escapee to Britain to complete his sentence for attempted murder, saying the man would face persecution because of his political views. U.S. District Judge Barbara Caulfield ordered the immediate release of James Joseph Smyth from jail, where he has been held except for short intervals since his capture by federal agents in San Francisco in June, 1992.
NEWS
October 13, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the past two weeks, British officials and Irish activists have squared off in federal court here in an unusual extradition hearing that has turned into a challenge of British rule in Northern Ireland. In proceedings that sometimes resemble the World Court, an undersecretary of state, a brigadier general, a prison governor, a member of Parliament and Irish radical Bernadette Devlin McAliskey have taken the witness stand to debate British policy in the province.
NEWS
June 25, 1993 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For eight years he was simply Jimmy Lynch, house painter. Not even his wife knew he was a fugitive Irish nationalist who broke out of Belfast's notorious Maze Prison a decade ago in a daring mass escape. With his arrest by the FBI last June, he is once again James Joseph Smyth, prisoner. But now, his battle against extradition to Northern Ireland is making him a hero in the Irish community and has touched off an international controversy. In a victory for Smyth, U.S. District Judge Barbara A.
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October 19, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a foggy June morning in San Diego, the man a London tabloid once described as "Britain's most wanted man" got a phone call at his 32-foot houseboat. It was the police. There was something wrong with his car, out in the parking lot nearby, they said. Could he please come check? Officers were waiting. After nine years on the run, a journey that took Kevin Barry John Artt across the ocean and into a secret new life in a new land, the law was waiting. But he was unsuspecting.
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