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Tuesday, 21 March, 2000, 18:38 GMT
IRA killer freed on bail

Magee appeared at the Irish High Court
An IRA killer has been freed on bail pending the outcome of a legal challenge to an order seeking his extradition to Northern Ireland.

Angelo Fusco, was given bail after a hearing in the Irish High Court in Dublin on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old Belfast man is wanted by the Royal Ulster Constabulary for the murder of Captain Herbert Westmacott in 1980 and faces a life sentence in prison.

He was convicted in 1981 but he escaped from custody two days before being convicted and was sentenced in his absence.

Bail was allowed on his own bond of IR£500 and two other sureties of IR£5,000. He will also be required to reside at an address in Tralee, County Kerry.

Other conditions of his bail require him to surrender his passport and driving license and to report daily to a local police station.

Paul Magee, a fellow IRA gang member who was also involved in the murder of Captain Westmacott, was freed on bail earlier this month after he was arrested in Tralee.

Both are arguing against their extradition to Northern Ireland on the grounds that the Good Friday Agreement has changed the political context.

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