- Aug 19, 2003
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Edit to amend title.Party leader on fake cash charges
Mr Garland denies the counterfeiting charges
The president of the Irish Workers' Party has been released on bail pending his potential extradition to the United States on counterfeiting charges.
Sean Garland, 71, from Navan in County Meath, appeared at Belfast County Court on Saturday.
The US government alleges he and others bought, moved and either passed as genuine or re-sold high quality counterfeit $100 notes.
A defence lawyer said Mr Garland "strongly protested" his innocence.
The US authorites further allege that Mr Garland "arranged with North Korean agencies for the purchase of quantities of notes and enlisted other people to disseminate" the money, known as "superdollars", with the UK.
The court heard Mr Garland was arrested on Friday night as he attended his party's annual conference in Belfast.
The warrant for his arrest and possible extradition was issued on 19 May this year.
The Recorder of Belfast, His Honour Judge Tom Burgess released Mr Garland on bail provided that three sureties lodge £10,000 each with the court and that he resides at an address in County Down.
It is understood that the US authorities now have 65 days in which to lodge the extradition papers with the court.