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Browne - Segregation required in Maghaberry

27 August, 2003

Commenting on an attack by loyalists on two prisoners in Maghaberry, Sinn Féin spokesperson on prison issues Cllr. Michael Browne said:

"There are clearly serious issues of prison safety in Maghaberry. The establishment of a Review Panel was a tacit admission of this. The attack on two prisoners by loyalists in the prison on Monday evening makes the issue clear cut.

"What is required is segregation. This is a question of common sense and safety. Sinn Féin made that clear to the Review panel when we met with them last week.

"It is clear that forced integration does not work. There is no logic in trying to force politically hostile prisoners to live together in prison.

"The NIO already operate a policy of segregation in Maghaberry for individuals from within the various loyalist factions. This decision was taken on grounds of safety without the need for a review."ENDS

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