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Martin Corey Denied Parole for Brother’s Funeral

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Statement from the POW Department

Republican Sinn Féin

223 Parnell Street

Dublin 1

00353-1-8729747

00353-87-9374277

 

May 25, 2012

 

Martin Corey denied parole for brother’s funeral

 

Martin Corey, a political hostage in Maghaberry jail, Co Antrim, was refused parole on May 23 to attend the funeral of his brother Peter who died suddenly.

 

Two years ago Martin Corey had his licence revoked by the British Secretary of State in the Occupied Six Counties, the reason for which has never been disclosed to him or anyone else.

 

For the 19 years previous to his re-arrest Martin ran a business in Lurgan having been released from jail after serving 19 years of a life sentence.

 

Martin has never been given an explanation for his re-arrest. He has no charges preferred against him and the British Government has, to all intents and purposes, interned him.

 

We are all well aware of the contemptuous attitude of the British Government to Irish political prisoners. Nevertheless, surely at such a time a man who has lived and worked in Lurgan for 19 of the last 21 years, could be shown some compassion.

 

Martin eventually had to take a judicial review of his internment, which is currently before the courts.

 

Unfortunately this is not the only time a POW has been refused parole. Damien McKenna, also of Lurgan, was refused parole to attend his father’s funeral just weeks ago. And not unlike Martin’s case, Damien's father died suddenly also.

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Check this out. Its great that he was released for the funeral but look who is acting as a screw:

 

 

 

 

A convicted double murderer was allowed temporary release to attend his brother's funeral on Thursday after originally being barred from doing so.

 

Martin Corey, 61, is serving life for the murder of two RUC officers in 1973.

 

He was released in 1992 but sent back to prison in 2010 on the basis of "closed material."

 

He was accompanied at the funeral by Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd and Raymond McCartney. He is now back in Maghaberry Prison.

Mr O'Dowd, the education minister, said he had agreed to accompany him on humanitarian grounds.

 

"This was a humanitarian gesture from the justice minister to a man who had lost his brother," he said.

 

"I went along as an MLA, I offered reassurance to the justice minister that Martin would adhere to the conditions of his humanitarian parole, Martin did adhere to those conditions and Martin has now returned to jail."

 

Earlier a High Court judge had asked the prison service to reconsider their decision not to allow Corey to attend the funeral.

 

After the funeral, a prison service spokesperson said: "The decision was taken to grant temporary release to Martin Corey for the duration of the funeral mass of his brother on the basis of assurances that he would be accompanied at all times by a senior Sinn Fein representative.

"All prisoners are entitled to apply for compassionate temporary release.

 

"Having assessed all the factors in the case, temporary release was authorised under strict conditions. The prisoner returned to Maghaberry at the designated time."

 

Corey, who is from Lurgan, was released on licence in 1992, having served 19 years behind bars for the police officers' murders.

In April 2010, Secretary of State Shaun Woodward ordered his recall.

 

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister criticised Mr O'Dowd for accompanying Corey at the funeral saying it showed the "pan republican nexus" between Sinn Fein and dissident republicans.

 

"When it suits, Sinn Fein denounces dissidents as 'traitors', yet campaigns for their prisoners and today provides an official escort," he said.

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This was no humanitarian exercise, its clear that High Court proceedings were brought, and when it looked like they would end up embarrassed by a court criticising them, they backed down. Courts don't ask government authorites to reconsider their position for nothing. British courts are hardly known for their defence of Repblican prisoners, but even they could see what an injustice this was, to deny a man to attend a funeral, when he hasn't even been charged with an offence.

 

It is almost beyond belief that Martin is still interned 2 years without any judicial determination that he has done anything unlawful.

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The most sickening part of this saga is Provisional counter revolutionaries acting as prison officers, keeping an eye on Martin Corey for British state and then knowingly transporting him back to Maghaberry on behalf of British occupation forces

 

Im not ashamed to say they deserve death.

 

And shame on anybody who aids the Adamite puesdo pro Brit brigade

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