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Sinn Féin calls for the release of Tony Taylor

10 March, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

South Antrim MLA and Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney, has again called for the immediate release of Tony Taylor.

Speaking in Belfast, Mr Kearney said:

“It is one year since Tony Taylor’s arrest and detention in Maghaberry Prison at the behest of the previous British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, without having been charged, questioned or allowed legal representation.

“Sinn Féin has consistently stated that if evidence exists to show that Tony Taylor is a risk to the public it should be put before him and his legal team in open court so this can be challenged.

“In the course of the past year no evidence has been produced which could in any way justify his continued detention, nor indeed his arrest a year ago today.

"His detention in this way fuels the perception of a form of legalised interment by remand. It is a violation of fundamental human rights and subversion of due process.

“Sinn Féin has continued to raise this matter with the British Secretary of State and will do so again.

“The detention of Tony Taylor is unjust and indefensible.

“He should be released immediately.”

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