NI Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward has told the House of Commons that “We will ensure that those who promote peace and the politics and the institutions of Northern Ireland have the appropriate protection that they deserve.” He had been asked about the reported threats to Mr Justice Treacy. Meanwhile the BBC reports that the Court of Appeal have rejected Terence McCafferty’s legal challenge to the decision by NI Justice Minister Paul Goggins, MP, to revoke the licence under which he had been released from jail in November 2008. From the BBC report
McCafferty, from the New Lodge area of the city, received a 12-year sentence in July 2005 after being convicted of possessing explosives after an attempt to blow up a Belfast motor tax office in 2002. The 41-year-old was released on licence last November, but was rearrested the following month and returned to Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn, County Antrim. Mr Goggins authorised the revocation on the grounds that his continued liberty would put the public at risk and the possibility of further offences.
More from the report
Ruling on the new challenge, Lord Justice Coghlin set out the contents of a letter from the Security Minister giving reasons for revoking his licence.
“In reaching that decision Paul Goggins had regard to information made available to him that you are a leading and active member of the Real Irish Republican Army who held the position of officer commanding of RIRA prisoners within HMP Maghaberry prior to your release from prison in November 2008,” it stated.
“During your sentence, you remained in regular contact with senior RIRA members and involved in directing RIRA business, and displayed a clear desire to continue your involvement in RIRA activity on your release, including in becoming involved in plans for attacks that would present a threat to public safety.
“From immediately on your release you have been in regular contact with leading RIRA figures. It is assessed that you have taken up a leading role in the organisation and have been involved in plans to conduct attacks.”
McCafferty categorically denied the allegations in the letter, which was not read out in open court during a summary of the nine-page judgement.
Which would seem to call into question the decision to release McCafferty under licence in the first place.