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Concerns raised over Colin Duffy treatment

13 October, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Fein Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd has said that Sinn Féin have raised concerns over an alleged assault on Lurgan man Colin Duffy in Maghaberry prison with the Justice Minister

Mr O'Dowd said:

"In recent days serious concerns have been raised by Mr Duffys legal team and his family over alleged assaults upon him by prison staff as he was moved from the prison to court. As a result of the concerns surrounding the treatment of Mr Duffy we have raised the matter with the Justice Minister.

"Anyone being held in prison deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. It is important that the Prison administration now act to ensure that Mr Duffy is being treated properly and that his human rights are being protected.

"The allegation of assaults upon Mr Duffy must be robustly investigated with no hiding place for anyone committing such offences against prisoners who are supposed to be in the care of the prison service."

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