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Colombian Court Orders 17-Year Jail Terms for IRA Suspects

An Irish activist says a Colombian court has sentenced three suspected members of the Irish Republican Army to 17-year jail terms for allegedly training Colombia's leftist rebels.

The activist said the court Thursday overturned an earlier court decision acquitting all three.

The Colombian government alleges that the three, Martin McCauley, James Monaghan and Niall Connolly, are members of the IRA and were in Colombia to provide terrorist training to the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The group has waged a four-decade guerrilla war against the Colombian government.

The three were arrested in 2001 in Bogota after they left a FARC stronghold in southern Colombia.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.