Sinn Fein’s Jennifer McCann has welcomed the release of Lurgan republican Martin Corey from Maghaberry prison.
Corey, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering two police officers in 1973 but released on licence in 1992, had his licence revoked in 2010.
It is understood the Secretary of State ordered his release yesterday – despite the convicted killer having a judicial review application turned down by the Supreme Court six weeks ago.
Refusing Corey’s application in December, the judges accepted a parole commissioner’s assertion that he posed a risk to the public.
Speaking yesterday, Ms McCann said: “This was a clear abuse of Martin Corey’s human rights.”
She said: “Sinn Fein have consistently raised this issue and the conditions under which Martin Corey was detained.
“I am glad that he is now released and free to return to his family. There are very clear lessons which present themselves to the British government. The arrest and detention of people without any evidence being presented cannot be justified in any terms.”
Supporters who had campaigned for Corey’s released issued a statement last night welcoming the latest development.
“Finally after nearly four years internment, Martin Corey was released from Maghaberry jail, Co Antrim on January 15th, 2014.
“Martin was interned on secret evidence gathered by secret police and held without a charge or trial since April 2010.
“The British Government, secretary of state and all those involved in the internment of Martin Corey showed contempt for human rights and were involved in a despotic policy of ruling by decree.”