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Commissioners response should signal Corry's release

22 November, 2013 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Assembly Justice Committee Vice-Chair, Raymond McCartney MLA has said that a response elicited from Parole Commissioners appearing before the committee today describing the revocation of licences on the basis of undisclosed intelligence information as 'kafkaesque' should signal the end of this practice and the immediate release of Martin Corry.

Raymond McCartney said:

"A question posed to the Commissioners today elicited a surprisingly frank response in that they described the practice by successive British Secretaries of State to revoke licences of former political prisoners on the basis of unchallengeable secret intelligence information as 'kafkaesque'.

"These prisoners have been deprived of their liberty based on alleged activity which is never disclosed either to the individuals or their legal representatives. They are never interviewed by the PSNI in regard to any alleged breaches of licience conditions nor are they provided any opportunity to refute them. This is contrary to natural justice and an abuse of a person's human and civil rights.

"Sinn Féin has consistently maintained that if the authorities have any evidence of wrongdoing by any individual then due process must be followed and the allegations tested in a court of law. The British Secretary of State cannot be considered an impartial or qualified person to decide the circumstances whereby a persons liberty should be forfeited."

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