20/12/2001

Adair parole decision is delayed

A decision on whether the prominent loyalist paramilitary Johnny Adair should be granted Christmas parole has been delayed.

A High Court judge was set to decide on Thursday December 20 whether Mr Adair could spend the festive season with his family in Belfast but the decision was adjourned.

Johnny Adair, 38, from the Shankill Road, was originally sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for directing terrorism in 1996.

He had been freed in September 1999 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, but his licence was revoked in August 2000 when the then Secretary of State, Peter Mandelson, said he had evidence of the Adair’s involvement in heightening tensions in a loyalist feud.

Adair is seeking leave for judicial review on a ruling by the governor at Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn, County Antrim. (AMcE)

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