SF MLA calls for release of Martin Corey

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Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has repeated his call for the release of imprisoned Lurgan republican, Martin Corey.

Mr Corey has been in prison for more than three and a half years after the British government’s Secretary of State revoked his licence.

Mr McCartney, the vice chair of the Assembly’s justice committee, claimed his continued detention was a breach of his human rights.

The Foyle MLA made the call following a meeting with Justice Minister David Ford to discuss Mr Corey’s case ahead of a Parole Commission meeting on Monday.

“In over three and a half years that Martin Corey has been imprisoned not once has he been questioned by the police or his legal representatives shown the alleged evidence against him,” Mr McCartney said.

“Martin Corey was released on bail but the British Secretary of State interfered and had the Lurgan man rearrested.

“This is a violation of Martin Corey’s basic human rights and his continued imprisonment is an affront to natural justice,” he added.

Mr McCartney said his party have made repeated calls for the release of Mr Corey and other prisoners detained on the advice of the Secretary of State, since he was imprisoned.

“Along with MLAs Jennifer McCann, Rosie McCorley and John O’Dowd we met the British Secretary of State Teresa Villiers over Martin’s Corey’s continued imprisonment.

“It is well past the time that this man be released and this injustice ended.

“He, like everyone else, should be entitled to due process under the law and anything less is a breach of his human and legal rights,” he said.

Mr McCartney said he would continue to campaign for Mr Corey’s release.