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'Senior IRA man' faces extradition over child sex abuse claims

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An alleged senior IRA figure has appeared in court in Spain after Irish authorities requested his extradition to face charges linked to suspected child sex abuse.

Irish police began a criminal inquiry after a woman came forward and claimed she had been abused as a child.

She alleged she was abused in the early 1990s.

The man, in his 60s and originally from Belfast, had been living in Dublin before moving to Alicante in the 1990s.

He appeared in court in Madrid on Wednesday.

He is now in custody pending further proceedings in connection with his extradition.