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Common sense needed regarding seriously ill prisoner - Jennifer McCann

22 July, 2011 - by Jennifer McCann

After visiting seriously ill prisoner Brendan Lillis in Maghaberry Prison today Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has again called on for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.

The West Belfast representative, accompanied by fellow MLA Fra McCann, was on her second visit to the prison this month and said that both MLAs were shocked by the deteriorating condition of Brendan Lillis.

“I had just received a reply from Justice Minister David Ford before going into the prison that he does not consider this a case for release on compassionate grounds which goes against what is in the public interest.

“Brendan Lillis’s licence was revoked on the grounds that he was a danger to the public yet the courts have deemed him too sick to stand trial. How can someone be a danger to the public when they are unfit to attend a court?

“David Ford, the Parole Commissioners and the British Secretary of State Owen Paterson need to use a bit of common sense here. The continued imprisonment of Brendan Lillis does not serve the public interest and he should be released immediately on humanitarian grounds.”

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