Man arrested in Spain in connection with brutal double murder refuses extradition

Jason O'Driscoll (image via @CivilGuard)
Jason O'Driscoll (image via @CivilGuard)

Jason O’Driscoll opposed extradition during a behind-closed-doors court appearance in Spain yesterday.

He was remanded to a local prison pending a new hearing at which a judge will decide whether to send him back to Ireland or not.

Ireland now has around 40 days to present a formal extradition request.

A source at the Audiencia Nacional, the Madrid court where O’Driscoll appeared in front of Jose de Mata yesterday, said: “He opposed extradition and the judge ordered his unconditional remand in prison.

“He is wanted in Ireland so he can be tried for a double murder.”

O'Driscoll was arrested when he landed in Alicante on Tuesday from Belfast.

The 32-year old was arrested in connection with the murders of Dublin gangland figures Anthony Burnett, 32, and Joseph Redmond, 25.

The pair, from Ballybough, were found in the front seat of a burning car close to Ravensdale Forest, Co Louth, in March 2012.

It is believed the men were tortured and shot in the head before the vehicle was set alight.