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Anderson calls for release of Ibon Fernandez Iradi

9 March, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for the immediate release of seriously ill Basque political prisoner Ibon Fernandez Iradi. 

Speaking after visiting the Basque prisoner in Toulouse today, Martina Anderson said: 

"I visited Lannemazan prison near Toulouse to visit seriously ill Basque political prisoner Ibon Fernandez Iradi. 

"He has been imprisoned in various prisons far from his home as a result of the displacement policy since 2003 and in 2013 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 

"He is one of around 20 seriously ill Basque political prisoners named in a European Parliament report raising concerns about the human rights of prisoners. 

"I visited him to see the conditions in which he is being held at first hand and to report back to my colleagues in the European Parliament. 

"His continued detention is incompatible with his health and he should be released immediately so he can access the healthcare he needs.

"I also discussed the case of imprisoned Derry man Tony Taylor with him and reiterate our call that he should also be released immediately."

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