Issue 3-2023-200dpi

27 March 1997 Edition

Resize: A A A Print

BAck issue: Victimisation continues against political prisoners

Hugh Doherty has been in solitary confinement in Wandsworth since conviction and during that time he has been refused visits; had his radio taken away; refused reading matter; refused the full hour's exercise each day and worst of all been held in a cell with no heating. Complaints by his solicitor have led to some improvement in his conditions.

Patrick Hackett in Brixton is still being refused permission to be examined by an independent doctor. Philip Sheridan in Wakefield is being locked up each evening at 4.30 and so has no association with other prisoners.

Gerry Conlon in Wakefield has been refused permission to see his father who is in Wormwood Scrubs.

Michael Kelly was held eight months in Wandsworth after conviction during which time he was refused visits from his wife on the grounds that she was an ``approved'' visitor.

The Home Office has now categorised all IPPs as ``Special Category'' and this terminology is used quite openly in prisons. The Category only applies to IPPs and includes restrictions on visits, education, delays in letter and papers. It is the English equivalent of political status.

Republican News, 26 March 1977

An Phoblacht
44 Parnell Sq.
Dublin 1