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Convicted terrorist who fled to Ireland over 20 years ago is arrested

Gardaí arrested an Algerian man who fled to Ireland from France over 20 years ago after being accused of terrorism offences. He appeared before the High Court this morning.

Abderrahmane Yahiaoui, who is believed to have been living in Dublin for the last 22 years, was arrested on Friday by gardaí from the Extradition Unit.

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He appeared before the High Court on Friday evening and appeared before the same court this morning where he is expected to apply for bail.

The alarm was raised after gardaí received an alert through the Schengen Information System that Yahiaoui may be living in the state.

This was cross-referenced with the Garda Pulse system with wanted notices from other EU police forces.

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Yahiaoui was convicted of terror offences back in the late 90s which were linked to the trafficking of weapons and documents, resulting in a six-year prison sentence.

Yahiaoui, aged in his 50s, was employed as a courier while living in Ireland after he fled France following his conviction.

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