Sinn Féin MLA Sean Lynch said that it was an outrageous situation that British Secretary of State Owen Patterson had interfered with the release of Lurgan republican Martin Corey.
The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said:
“Owen Patterson’s interference in the judicial system was outrageous and this should never have happened. It is totally unacceptable that this fly-by-night British Minister, who is not elected by anyone in the North, can imprison someone without placing any evidence or proof before the court.
“The revoking of licenses on the basis of secretive evidence not available to the accused or his solicitor is damaging confidence in the justice system.
“Owen Patterson’s should now do the right thing and end this pointless legal appeal and allow Martin Corey to return home to his family.” CRÍOCH/END