End Price ‘debacle’ - Martin McGuinness

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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called on Secretary of State Owen Patterson to end what he described as the “debacle” over the detention of Marion Price.

Mr McGuinness was speaking after Ms Price was moved from Maghaberry Prison to Hydebank detention centre at the end of last week.

“Marian Price is entitled to due process and the revoking of her licence by the British Secretary of State and then claiming that the pardon granted to Ms Price cannot be found is completely unacceptable,” Mr McGuinness said.

“That action by Owen Patterson amounted to detention without trial and runs contrary to natural justice. The justice system needs to be based on human rights protection; the revoking of Marian Price’s licence and the debacle created around the allegedly lost pardon is an attack on her human rights,” he said.