Sinn Féin National Chairperson and South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has strongly criticised the decision of the Parole Commissioners that Tony Taylor should continue to be detained in Maghaberry prison.
“The decision to deny parole to Tony Taylor arising from hearings at Laganside Court, Belfast in recent weeks is a denial of justice and due process.
“No evidence was submitted to justify his continued detention in Maghaberry prison.
“The quasi judicial process which occurred was a travesty and has acted in subordination to the political primacy of the NIO.
“The refusal to release Tony Taylor raises very serious concerns about political interference in the criminal justice system in the North.
“Tony Taylor’s detention continues to be wrong and is a violation of his human rights. He should be released immediately.
“I will be making very robust representations to the NIO regarding this decision and its deeply negative implications for the justice system in the North”.