The German courts have been accused of handing down an “artificially low” sentence to an IRA bomber in order to ensure he walked free from jail shortly after conviction.North Belfast man James Corry was charged with attempted murder by a court in Osnabrueck last month. He pleaded guilty to involvement in an IRA mortar attack on the UK army base in Osnabrueck in 1996 and was jailed for four years.
He was then extradited to Germany to stand trial where he was jailed for four years.
But UUP justice spokesman and former RIR captain Doug Beattie MLA, described his speedy release after less than a week as “absolutely incredible” and asked if Mr Corry benefited from an UK government On-The-Run (OTR) letter.
He also pressed the Irish government to say whether it only agreed to extradite Mr Corry on the understanding that he would be released immediately after being jailed.
“The question is, did the British and Irish Governments know in advance that this four day sentence would be the outcome, and was this instrumental in the extradition being successful?”
A spokeswoman for the Osnabrueck courts told the News Letter it was “not correct” to say Mr Corry only served four days of a sentence.
In Germany it is possible to suspend a sentence once half of it has been served, as was the case for Mr Corry, she said. The IRA man had served over a year in custody since his arrest in Dublin in 2015 and a further year was deducted from his final sentence in recognition of the “unreasonable” delay in the prosecution, she added.
“This confirms my suspicion that this was a sentence which was contrived to fit the time he had already served since arrest, in order to allow him to walk free after conviction.”
It seemed as though Germany calculated Corry’s sentence based on the amount of time he had already served prior to conviction in order to ensure his immediate release after he was jailed, he added.
German woman, 89, jailed for 14 months for Holocaust denial
Convictions upheld for Ursula Haverbeck, who said Auschwitz only a labor camp, denied Nazi genocide of Jews in court
Ursula Haverbeck, 89, was sentenced Tuesday by a district appeals court in Detmold for repeatedly denying the Holocaust, which is a crime in Germany.
Haverbeck had appealed her 2016 conviction for writing to the Detmold mayor during the trial of an Auschwitz guard claiming the death camp was only a labor camp. In closing arguments at that trial she again denied the Holocaust, prompting another conviction.
Several courts have sentenced Haverbeck to prison sentences in the past, including a Berlin district court in October, but Haverbeck has remained free pending appeals.
The German news agency dpa reported Haverbeck’s lawyers would again appeal this latest conviction.
NWN: Use mortars to blow up German civilians or British troops and familes and you serve 4 days in jail. Question an historical incident, and get hammered by Germanys Courts. Germany is still not an independent sovereign nation.