West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Sinn Féin call for immediate release of Brendan Lillis

Published: 26 July, 2011

She said:

"Brendan Lillis health condition is deteriorating on a weekly basis and he is now critically ill. Despite this and the fact that there are no charges being brought against Brendan Lillis he continues to be held in Maghaberry.

"This is totally unacceptable and he needs to be released to his family immediately. A Sinn Féin delegation met with Brendan in the prison hospital last week.

"Brendan Lillis's licence was revoked on the grounds that he was a danger to the public yet the courts have deemed him too sick to stand trial. How can someone be a danger to the public when they are unfit to attend a court?

"David Ford, the Parole Commissioners and the British Secretary of State Owen Paterson need to use a bit of common sense here. The continued imprisonment of Brendan Lillis does not serve the public interest and he should be released immediately on humanitarian grounds

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly raised this issue with the British government directly and with the Justice Minister David Ford.

"There needs to be movement on this case as a matter of urgency. Brendan Lillis needs to be released."