Hain revokes Kenneway’s early release

It’s not entirely clear how this all ties together, or indeed if it completely does, but the Secretary of State for Wales etc has been exercising his prerogative again by revoking the early release licence of John Kenneway – one of three people convicted of the December 1997 murder in Maze prison of Billy Wright – stating that he believes Kenneway to be “a danger to the public”. According to the Belfast Telegraph report, Kenneway was arrested two weeks ago “reportedly for suspected drink driving and a subsequent clash with police.” However the report also mentions that the NIO have said that he has also been charged with new offences.. although they have not specified what those charges are. Meanwhile the inquiry into the murder of Billy Wright will continue after his father, David Wright, waived the option of seeking a quashing order following the High Court ruling that Peter Hain had acted unlawfully in changing the terms of reference of the Inquiry.

Of course, despite the bullish statement from the Secretary of State, Peter Hain has been known to reverse his decisions on early relase licences.. while refusing to fully explain why.