Founder of Real IRA splinter group loses appeal for early Irish parole for 'directing terror'

December 9, 2014 12:30 PM

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DUBLIN – The founder of an Irish Republican Army splinter group has lost his bid for early parole after a judge ruled that the government was entitled to consider him a continuing terrorist threat.

Tuesday's Dublin High Court ruling supported a Justice Department decision to require Michael McKevitt to serve his full 20-year prison sentence for a 2003 conviction of "directing terror."

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