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Ford urged to release Brendan Lillis

27 July, 2011 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey has urged the Justice Minister David Ford to show leadership and release Brendan Lillis. This follows a meeting today with the Justice Minister which included West Belfast MLA’s Jennifer McCann and Fra McCann.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“The decision taken by the Life Sentence Review Commission not to release Brendan Lillis was the wrong decision and we made this clear to the Justice Minister pressing on him the need to overturn this decision andrelease Brendan Lillis immediately.

“David Ford listened to our concerns and stated that he was awaiting legal advice on this case. This advice needs to come as a matter of urgency.

“Brendan Lillis is currently critically ill, to ill to stand trial. He is currently 5stone 5lbs in weight and while this legal advice is awaited his health could deteriorate further.

“The continued imprisonment of Brendan Lillis does not serve the public interest and he should be released now on humanitarian grounds.”

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