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Derry City Council calls for release of Marian Price and Martin Corey

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said that Marian Price should be moved to an outside hospital after senior doctors said she could not get the care she needed while in prison.

DERRY CITY COUNCIL has passed a Sinn Féin motion calling for the release of Marian Price and Martin Corey, imprisoned on the basis of the revocation of their licences.

The Derry City Council motion calling on Secretary of State Owen Paterson to immediately release Marian Price and Martin Corry was moved at the March meeting by Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell. It was supported by Sinn Féin and the SDLP but opposed by unionist councillors.

Councillor Kevin Campbell said:

“If there is evidence against someone it should be presented and tested in a court of law. Justice not only needs to be done but it also needs to be seen to be done.”

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said that Marian Price should be moved to an outside hospital after senior doctors said she could not get the care she needed while in prison.

He was speaking after a Sinn Féin delegation met with the Justice Minister David Ford at Castle Buildings at the start of April.

“Senior doctors have assessed Marian Price’s mental condition and said that she could not receive the medical care she needs in prison,” he said. “It is now incumbent on David Ford to move her to an outside hospital so that she can receive the care needed.

“The doctors have also stated that she is not fit to participate in any legal proceedings. The fact that she has twice been released on bail by senior judges — who have seen evidence not available to her solicitors— raises the question, how is she a threat to anyone?

“This is an abuse of natural justice. On humanitarian terms alone she should be moved to an outside hospital, never mind the fact that her continued imprisonment damages public confidence in the justice system.”

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