06/11/2012

Sinn Féin Calls For Marian Price Release

Sinn Féin has called for the release of convicted bomber Marian Price.

President Gerry Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have contacted US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to "raise the case of Marian Price McGlinchey and to support her release."

Mr Adams, who is visiting the US and Canada later this week, said: "Mrs Price McGlinchey has been held in virtual solitary confinement since her arrest in May 2011 and is very ill.

"A recent report by a UN doctor has concluded that Mrs Price McGlinchey is 'unable to comprehend the allegations being made against her to a sufficient degree to inform her defence.'"

The letter describes prominent republican Price’s imprisonment as "a serious case of injustice and denial of human rights and judicial rights in the North of Ireland.

"Marian Price McGlinchey has been held in virtual solitary confinement by the British Government since her arrest in May 2011," it reads.

"She has been detained without trial on the basis of secret reports by British intelligence agencies. Everyone is entitled to due process and to a fair trial. Mrs Price McGlinchey has been denied this, representing, in our view, a serious breach of her human rights."

Marian Price was arrested and imprisoned for two life terms for her part in the 1973 bombings of London, in which one person died and over 200 were injured.

She was arrested in May last year, charged with dissident activity.

In September, Marian Price’s sister Dolours told Boston College during an interview that Gerry Adams had been IRA commander during the murder of Jean McConville as well as during the Old Bailey bombings.

The Sinn Féin president denies the charges.

(IT)

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