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17th Jul 2015

Video: This Irishman has been wrongly sentenced to 12 years in a Philippines jail

Éanna Ó Cochláin, from Cork, is appealing to get his life back

Tony Cuddihy

This is not an easy video to watch, but it’s important.

Éanna Ó Cochláin from Cork City is currently serving 12 years in a Manila jail having been framed with two marijuana joints at an airport two years ago.

Éanna is 55-years-old and stated that the drugs were planted on him because he was returning to the Philippines to settle the will of his father-in-law, and corrupt officials knew that he would have money to get himself out of trouble.

He was forced to go on hunger strike to achieve bail, and was subsequently sentenced to 12 years in jail – effectively a death sentence given the squalid conditions in Filipino jails and Éanna’s age.

A petition has been set up to highlight his plight on He also has a website, telling his story, here.

Bring Eanna home. is Irishman, Eanna O Cochlain.Eanna was wrongly given a twelve year prison term, which means DEATH, in the Philippines.Eanna has been framed in order to extort money from him. He and his wife returned to the Philippines to settle his father-in-law’s estate after he had passed away. Certain people knew this and they planted 0.32 of a gram of tobacco/marijuana joints on him, in the airport.Please sign the petition, every signature is very important! SHARE with everybody you know.Thank you very much.

Posted by As Irish as it gets on Friday, 17 July 2015

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