The letters and phone calls to spare Joe Byrne of Pearl River from extradition apparently did not help. A friend of the Byrnes reports that Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice signed the extradition order from Ireland yesterday. Joe Byrne will be asked to turn himself in on or before Feb. 29.
Byrne is wanted in connection with a burglary charge in 1996 and a robbery charge in 1997, both in his native Ireland. His wife, friends and the local Irish community have fought to keep him in the US. They fear he won’t be able to get back in the country after he faces trial because he is not a citizen, though he has a green card.
Here is the story that ran about his case and the community’s efforts to stop the extradition.
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