“encouraging support for an illegal organisation…”

The Belfast Telegraph report, transcribed by Newshound, has some details of the arrest of Marian Price and the subsequent search of her house.  But the reports of the charge she now faces, encouraging support for an illegal organisation, link it specifically to the 32 County Sovereignty Movement’s Easter Monday rally in Londonderry – where she was the main speaker.

Just as she was in 2010.

As the News Letter report notes

The PSNI said this morning that a 57-year-old woman, understood to be Ms Price, will appear in Londonderry Magistrates Court tomorrow, Monday 15 May.

Police said she was being charged in relation to her involvement in an Easter Monday Parade on 25 April in Londonderry, specifically, encouraging support for a proscribed organisation.

A spokesman said she had been arrested by the PSNI Serious Crime Branch in west Belfast on Friday, under section 12.3 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

That particular section (12.3) notes

(3) A person commits an offence if he addresses a meeting and the purpose of his address is to encourage support for a proscribed organisation or to further its activities.

Marian Price, her sister, Dolours, and Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly, were convicted for their involvement in a Provisional IRA bombing campaign in London in 1973.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old man from Lurgan and a 26-year-old woman from Armagh will appear in Lisburn Magistrates Court on Monday charged with encouraging acts of terrorism.

Again from the News Letter report

The 25-year-old man from Lurgan, and the 26-year-old woman from Armagh, will appear before Lisburn Magistrates Court on Monday. The PSNI said each had been charged with one count of encouraging acts of terrorism under section one of the Terrorism Act.

The report doesn’t specify it, but that can only mean section one of the Terrorism Act 2006, since section 1 of the 2000 Act concerns “Terrorism: interpretation”.

That particular section, of the 2006 Act, which includes a ban on the glorification of acts of terrorism, was the subject of some controversy at the time.

Update The BBC are now reporting that

The secretary of state has revoked the release from prison on licence of Old Bailey bomber Marian Price.

Owen Paterson said he made the decision because the threat posed by Price had “significantly increased”.

According to the report

In a statement Mr Paterson said: “My priority is the safety of the people of Northern Ireland.

“The Government will not hesitate to use all the powers at its disposal under the law to counter the residual terrorist threat.”

Further Update  A BBC report on the pair who were charged with “encouraging acts of terrorism under section one of the Terrorism Act[2006]” notes

The charges are connected to interviews they gave to Channel 4 News last year.

Both were released on bail of £500 each on condition that they report twice weekly to their local police station, do not give media interviews or make public statements, and do not take part in any illegal parades.

Final Update  According to Sinn Féin

“Marian Price is entitled to due process and the revoking of her licence is completely unacceptable.

The move by Owen Patterson amounts to detention without trial; this runs contrary to natural justice. The justice system needs to be based on human rights protection; the revoking of Marian Price’s licence runs contrary to that.

We have already raised our concerns on this issue with the British Secretary of State and will do the same with the Justice Minister as a matter of urgency.”

It’s not the Northern Ireland Justice Minister’s call…

Final Final Update  From the Northern Ireland Secretary of State’s statement

The Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, has revoked the life licence of Marian McGlinchey after she was charged with offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 and following the recommendation of the Parole Commissioners that the risk of serious harm posed by Marian McGlinchey has increased significantly.

Mr Paterson has used the powers conferred on him by Parliament in the Life Sentences (Northern Ireland) Order 2001.

Mrs McGlinchey has the right to make representations to the Parole Commissioners which they will consider.