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Face of British far right terror suspect facing extradition from Ireland

It was argued that the Irish Government may not have had the authority to make a new extradition agreement with the British in the wake of Brexit.

Mark Nolan

Eamon Dillon

A suspected British far-right terrorist facing extradition has appeared in the High Court surrounded by prison officers in helmets and riot gear.

Mark Nolan (36) from north London is being sought by authorities in the UK to face terrorism charges and possession of 250,000 indecent images, including images of children.

At a previous court hearing in the UK it was heard the 36-year-old faced eight counts of possessing records of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

The titles of the documents allegedly included 9mm Bullet Hose, Improvised Weapons Of The Underground and Pipe Hand Grenade.

At that hearing last year Nolan pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded on continuing bail to appear for trial this July.

This week a handcuffed Nolan said “I’ll stand” when told by the judge in the High Court that he could sit down as his prison escort stood close by in helmets and body armour.

The court was told it had not yet been possible for Nolan to have a consultation with his legal team.

A video link had been set up from prison but did not take place.

Written submissions in the case had already been sent to the judge in which legal arguments are centred on the “lack of certainty” of the charges against Nolan and whether such arrest warrants have the force of law in the wake of Brexit.

Because the warrant for Nolan’s arrest was issued in June this year after the UK left the EU, his case is the first of its kind, it was heard, and may depend on a related Supreme Court ruling due to be made.

It was argued that the Irish Government may not have had the authority to make a new extradition agreement with the British in the wake of Brexit.

Nolan was arrested in June after a bench warrant for his arrest was issued at Westminster Magistrates after he failed to appear for trial. As the United Kingdom has left the European Union, the extradition warrant sent to Ireland comes under the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

The charge that Nolan is of the extreme right “mindset” doesn’t go far enough in Irish law and the terror charges do not show any intent, the court was told.

It emerged during the hearing that Nolan is also accused of possession of indecent imagery featuring children found on a laptop seized from him.

Mr Justice Paul Burns observed that no proper consultation had taken place between Nolan and his legal representatives and hoped it would be rectified.

Nolan is currently being held in custody in the Midlands Prison in Co Laois.

London Metropolitan Police released a statement in July 2020 when Nolan was charged with the terror offences, outlining how he had been arrested by detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.

He also faced one count of assault and possession of a controlled drug of class B, namely cannabis, with intent to supply.

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