IRA bomber arrested in Malaga walks free

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IRA bomber arrested in Malaga walks free

EUROPE’S former most dangerous woman and IRA bomber Donna Maguire has been released without charge, after being arrested in Malaga.

Maguire, 57, and her husband Leonard ‘Bap’ Hardy, 54, were allegedly detained as part of a major Spanish police operation against tobacco smuggling to Ireland.

The couple were arrested in a Malaga apartment on Tuesday last week, along with a suspected Irish tobacco smuggler and a Spanish man.

The parents-of-four have previously served prison sentences in Holland and Germany for their involvement in IRA attacks in Europe in the late 1980s.

Police made the arrests as part of a major investigation into smuggling and money-laundering by the National Police, with operations across Murcia, Alicante and Gran Canaria.

Maguire was handed a nine-year sentence in Germany in 1995 after being found guilty of attempted murder and explosive offences over a failed IRA bomb attack on a British Army barracks at Osnabruck in August 1989.

Hardy was given a six-year sentence in Germany in 2006 for his role in the Osnabruck attack, but walked free because the offence took place before 1998’s Good Friday Agreement, which saw those convicted of IRA terror offences released from prison.

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