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Interpol Says Irish Men Wanted by Colombia May Be in Cuba

Interpol says three suspected Irish Republican Army members convicted in Colombia of training Marxist rebels in bomb-making techniques may be in Cuba.

An Interpol official in Bogota, Victor Cruz, made the comment Saturday on Colombian television. The remark comes six months after Interpol issued arrest warrants for Martin McCauley, James Monaghan and Niall Connolly.

The Irish men were arrested in August 2001 at the Bogota airport after visiting a southern stronghold of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

The men disappeared last year following their acquittal - later reversed - on charges of aiding the leftist rebels.

Last December, a Bogota court sentenced the men in absentia to serve prison sentences of up to 17-and-a-half years. The men deny the charges or of being IRA members.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.