“those who promote peace and the politics and the institutions of Northern Ireland..”

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.

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  • paddy

    y no squealing match from sf about this type of internment.they screamed loud eneough when sean kelly the shankill bomber was sent back to clink

  • If Terry McCaffery was/is guilty of any particular offence, should he not have the right to challenge this in a trial with a jury?

    If not, his detention is much the same as those held against their will in Cuba!

    His continued detention is a travesty of justice and allows this human rights abuse to continue unchallenged!

    He should be released immediately and allowed the opportunity to face his dtrators in an open court.

  • Pete Baker

    “should he not have the right to challenge this in a trial with a jury?”

    Well, possibly.

    But “the ability to hold a non-jury trial remains necessary.”

    If certain conditions are met.

    It’s not a unique case, as Julia Paul’s April 2009 report indicated.