By Patrick Markey
Garda investigators in Galway have opened a preliminary investigation into two American citizens in connection with the murder of Malcolm Shaughnessy, the Galway man who was stabbed to death two months ago.
Superintendent Tony Finnerty of the Mill Street Garda station in Galway said Irish investigators have been working with American officials in questioning the two men, who are now in the United States. No arrests have been made, but Garda officials hope that extradition proceedings against the two men will begin soon, Finnerty said.
Files regarding the case will now be processed through the Director of Prosecutions in Ireland and sent on to American officials who will decide on the extradition, he said.
The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, which would be involved in any extradition case, did not return calls inquiring about the investigation by deadline.
Shaughnessy was stabbed once in the early hours of Aug. 1 in Galway city center after being involved in an altercation with two men who fled the scene after the assault.