Brendan Lillis dying in Maghaberry prison: Justice Minister David Ford
In Belgium the Minister of Justice accepted, what is called, the ‘release on conditions’ of political prisoners who were very sick or dying.
Justice Minister Ford of Northern Ireland, can do the same in the case of Brendan Lillis, if he wants. But it is a pure political case for him. He is afraid that the release of Brendan, will be seen as a victory by ‘a small number of prisoners and their allies outside the prisons’.
On 7 May 2010, speaking of an incident that took place in Roe House at Maghaberry Prison he said: “This is the latest in a series of actions by a small number of prisoners, designed to form the impression that they are being mistreated. Just as their allies outside the prisons are trying to take Northern Ireland backwards by their campaign of violence, these prisoners are trying to take prisons backwards. They seem determined to create conditions which they will then complain about, but they will have no-one to blame but themselves.”
Minister Ford is also afraid for an investigation to the prison system in Northern Ireland. During the latest months, there were 5 deaths in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland. He can not say, as was the case in 2010, that this is ‘the latest in a series of actions by a small number of prisoners, designed to form the impression that they are being mistreated.’ Because nobody will believe that.
Ford thinks as a real politician who wants to survive as a politician and who is not able anymore to think in a human way.
He has apparently chosen for his own political position. That is why Brendan has to die.
Photo: Justice Minister David Ford, responsible for the prison policy in Northern Ireland
Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currently desperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison, in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has left himunable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due to a series of serious infections and medication which has compromised his immune system, Mr Lillis has been unable to eat, sleep or hold down even liquids for a period close to a month and is constant agony. In short, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that his partner Roisin, who is his only contact with the outside world, fears that he will die in his prison bed!
BBC interview with Brendan Lillis’ partner Roisin Lynch (18.7.2011):
Then go forward to 1:05:05 - 7 days left to listen again
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