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Sinn Féin Welcome Lillis Release

18 August, 2011

Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey has welcomed news this evening that Brendan Lillis partner has been informed that he is to be released from custody. Mr Lillis release comes after significant lobbying by Brendan’s family and Sinn Féin in recent months.

Mr Maskey said:

“No Republican would condone the criminal activities Brendan Lillis was accused of being involved in. However this was an issue of a seriously ill man who had been deemed too sick to stand trial continuing to be held in prison. Sinn Féin are absolutely opposed to the revocation of licenses. It is tantamount to internment and goes against natural justice.

“From the start what this case required was compassion from the criminal justice system. It was obvious that Brendan Lillis posed no threat to society, he has been bed ridden for almost two years.

“Myself and colleagues have held numerous meetings with the prison administration and the Justice Minister David Ford in an attempt to secure Brendan Lillis release. Last week Sinn Féin made a written submission to the Parole Commissioners. We are satisfied that common sense has now prevailed and Brendan Lillis has been freed from prison to continue his medical care in hospital.” ENDS

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