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John Downey has appeared in court in Northern, charged in connection with the murder of two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers.

A 67 year-old from Ards in Creeslough, County Donegal handed himself in to Gardaí yesterday.

That came after he lost an appeal challenging his extradition to the North on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

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John Downey extradition John Downey arrives at Omagh Magistrates' Court to answer charges over the murder of two British soldiers in Northern Ireland, 12-10-2019. Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

Mr Downey is charged with the murders of Lance Corporal Alfred Johnson and Private James Eames, as well as aiding and abetting an explosion.

They were killed when a device exploded in a car they were expecting in Enniskillen County Fermanagh in August 1972.

At Omagh Magistrates' Court this morning, the PSNI objected to bail for Mr Downey, claiming he was a flight risk.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court again on October 25th.

The police service has said its investigation into the killings “remains active.”

A large crowd gathered outside the court for today’s hearing. Among it were Sinn Féin MPs, MLAs and Councillors.


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