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McGuinness raises Brendan Lillis case with Irish Government

8 August, 2011

Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness MLA, has raised the case of the ongoing imprisonment of Brendan Lillis with the Irish Government.

Speaking today Mr McGuinness said:

“I have raised the issue of Brendan Lillis’s continued detention with the Irish Government. It is abundantly clear that Brendan Lillis is seriously ill and should be released immediately to secure the necessary medical care that is required.

“I also made it clear to the Irish Govenment that the use of prisoner licencing and the revoking of licences on occasion by the British Secretary of State amounts to internment without trial. It is this mechanism that see’s the further detention of Brendan Lillis and is undoubtedly a complicating factor in this case.

“I have pressed on the Irish government to use what ever influence that they may have, as a matter of urgency, to see that Brendan Lillis is released immediately on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.” ends

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