Niall Connolly, James Monaghan and Martin McCauley, three alleged IRA members accused of training FARC in bomb-making techniques, obtained amnesty almost two decades after their arrest as part of the peace accords.
They were arrested at El Dorado airport in Bogotá in 2001 and charged with traveling with false documents and teaching the FARC how to make improvised bombs and mortars.
They had been sentenced to 17 years in prison in 2004 but had already been able to escape from Colombia following their release on bail. The sentence was ratified three years later by the country’s Supreme Court.
Tuesday, April 21, during the last year of their sentence, Connolly, Monaghan and McCauley were pardoned by a special peace tribunal in Colombia.