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Release Martin Corey Committee statement

July 12, 2012

In a statement released on July 11, 2012, the Chairperson of the Release Martin Corey Committee Cáit Trainor said:

“Martin Corey has been interned now for over two years – without charge or trial. On July 9, a British judge, Justice Treacy ruled that Martin Corey’s human rights had been breached and he should be released immediately on unconditional bail.

This was overruled by British Secretary of State in Ireland Owen Patterson. While Martin Corey sat in the reception of the prison with his belongings waiting for his family, the British government underhandedly intervened and blocked his release.

On July 10, the matter was referred back to the court. The matter was to be reviewed by Justice McCloskey who further stayed Martin release until an appeal court could hear it the next day, [July 11].

Contrary to media reports, at no time did the British Government appeal any decision, they arbitrarily overturned the decision of the first court; it was Martin Corey and his legal team who had to take legal proceedings to appeal the refusal of the British Secretary of State to implement the decision of the Court.

An appeal was heard on July 11, with Justice McCloskey and Justice Morgan. That court rubber stamped the British Secretary of States’ overruling, and referred it to be heard again on September 28, 2012.

“In view of the blatant disregard for the human rights of Martin Corey, the Release Martin Corey Committee will be once more lobbying all those concerned with human rights and justice to take action to secure Martin Corey’s release, We would ask all those who have worked so far to continue and urge people to take a stand against tyranny and oppression.

“The Committee will lobby nationally and internationally. We have to expose the double standards of the British Government to human rights; while they complain and state they oppose human rights abuses in various countries, they in fact themselves are guilty of human rights abuses against people who dissent from British rule in Ireland.

“In the year the British are hosting the Olympics, they show a face to the world of righteousness and morality, the world must now see the truth: British rule in Ireland can only result in the oppression of the Irish people and those with independent thought. It must be remembered that Martin Corey is interned with no charge, no trial but on secret allegations by unknown people that the British Government refuse to present.”


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