July 16, 2003

Former IRA activist John Morgan leaves Israel
(Communicated by the GPO)

Former IRA activist John Morgan, today (Wednesday), July 16, 2003, returned to Ireland following his detention on July 12, 2003 by the Israel Security Agency (ISAO.

Morgan was detained on the basis of precise information which had been passed on to the ISA, to the effect that Morgan was a former IRA activist and still maintains links to the organization. Morgan’s presence in Judea and Samaria and Israel had been monitored by the ISA.

Morgan stayed inter alia at the hostel where the terrorists who perpetrated the deadly April 30, 2003 bombing at Mike’s Place in Tel Aviv had stayed, and in Jenin, Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Morgan admitted the foregoing to his ISA investigators and confessed that he had been involved in an armed robbery perpetrated by the IRA in the late 1980’s and had served time in prison for his role in the robbery.

During his investigation, it became clear that he had not linked up with terrorist organizations in Judea and Samaria and had not perpetrated any terrorist acts. He underwent inter alia a polygraph examination and was found to be speaking the truth; therefore, he was released and has left Israel. For reasons that are self-evident, his investigation did not go into detail regarding his activities outside Israel.

It should be pointed out that the various media reports on this affair have not been at the behest of the ISA and contained numerous inaccuracies.