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David Ford needs to act now on Brendan Lillis

3 August, 2011 - by Jennifer McCann

Speaking after accompanying Brendan Lillis’ partner Roisin, to a meeting with the Justice Minister David Ford, Sinn Féin Assembly member Jennifer McCann said that it ‘was our firm view that Mr Ford had the power to release Brendan Lillis one humanitarian and compassionate grounds and that is what now needed to happen’.

Ms McCann said:

“David Ford needs to step forward and do the right thing. Brendan Lillis has already been deemed by the authorities too ill to stand trial. He has been bed ridden for two years. He is a threat to nobody.

“The legal advice that I have seen is very clear. David Ford has the power to act. He does not have to wait on the Life Sentence Review Commission to meet. Brendan Lillis should be released on compassionate and humanitarian grounds now and allowed to be admitted to an outside hospital where he can receive proper medical care.”

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