A man who fled to Ireland over 20 years ago after he was convicted of facilitating terrorism in France has been granted bail, despite garda objections.
Algerian national Youcef Madani made a successful bail application before the High Court.
The 53-year-old is wanted by French authorities after he was convicted by a court in his absence in 2001 for making false documents in relation to Islamic terrorism.
He had been illegally living in France before fleeing to Ireland, where he was arrested in September after being stopped while driving.
Detective Garda Robert Comerford, of the Dublin Extradition Unit, stated that Madani was stopped when he appeared under the name Yahiaoui on the Schengen Information System, where he was shown as wanted in France.
Comerford opposed bail, considering Madani a flight risk and that he was sentenced to six years in 2001.
Denying that he was of the name Yahiaoui, fingerprints confirmed his identity and he also admitted to being the man in the photograph that was provided by French authorities to gardaí.
He also admitted to providing a false name to French authorities while he was living there illegally.
Comerford said that Madani was an expert in false paperwork and that he fled France during an investigation or during the court process.
It was also noted that Madani had a wife and four children and had only minor road traffic convictions in Ireland.
Madani’s barrister Maria Brosnan BL said that while Madani was wanted on a conviction warrant, he was entitled to a full retrial.
It’s understood that Madani’s son was willing to act as an independent surety and that €10,000 could be produced.
Mr. Justice Burns said that he would grant bail “with some reluctance” after taking into consideration Madani’s health, family and the surety of €10,000.
His bail conditions require him to sign in at Tallaght Garda Station on a daily basis, surrender his passport, keep the peace while on bail and have €2,000 in his own bond available.
He will appear before the court again on the 11th of October.
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