The Workers Party has today called for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis, currently seriously ill in Maghaberry Jail, and condemned the attitude adopted by Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford as callous and ill-behoving of someone who claims to uphold humanitarian values.
After meeting relatives of Brendan Lillis, Mr Ford has said he is sending for further medical reports. This is totally unacceptable.
The facts of the case speak for themselves.
The trial judge in the case against Mr Lillis decided the case could not proceed because Mr Lillis was too ill to stand trial. That alone demands his immediate release from prison where he is seriously ill in the prison hospital.
The treatment of Mr Lillis by the Northern Ireland authorities is scandalous and he should be released immediately.
Any further delay simply adds to the burden of Mr Lillis and his family and is an affront to all those who uphold basic standards of humanitarian beliefs and civil and human rights.
Issued 4th August 2011