Ex-IRA COUPLE: Donna Maguire and Leonard Hardy in court

JAIL sentences have been handed down to two former IRA bombers following a money laundering trail in Spain.

Leonard ‘Bap’ Hardy, 57, and his wife Donna Maguire, 52, once dubbed the Angel Of Death, have each been handed two-year sentences by the High Court in Madrid.

British customs had linked the pair to large-scale tobacco and alcohol smuggling, the profits of which were laundered through property purchased in Alicante and Malaga.

An apartment brought in Nerja on the Costa del Sol was made through a front company owned by Hardy’s wife, revealed prosecutor Carlos Bautista.

Spanish police arrested the ex-IRA militants in 2014 at a luxury Lanzarote hotel where the couple had flown with their children for a post-Christmas break.

Hardy, from Belfast was previously jailed in 1989 for attempting to blow up a British Army base in Germany, but was released under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Maguire, once Europe’s most wanted woman, had previously described the case against her and her husband as a ‘load of nonsense.’

The pair’s defence lawyer, Luis Casaubon, has refused to comment on the latest sentence.

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