“Shaun Woodward ordered his recall on the basis of what his legal team have described as ‘closed material’.”

The BBC reports that Martin Corey has been “granted leave to seek a judicial review of the decision to revoke his licence over unspecified allegations that he was involved with dissident republicans.”

The 61-year-old from Lurgan, County Armagh had been released on licence in 1992, having served 19 years of a life sentence for the murder of two RUC officers.

In April last year, then Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, as the BBC report notes, “ordered his recall on the basis of what his legal team have described as ‘closed material’.”  As the report notes of today’s High Court ruling

Corey issued judicial review proceedings against the Independent Parole Commissioners on the basis of the alleged secrecy surrounding the reasons.

His barrister, Karen Quinlivan QC, argued that claims of involvement with dissident republicans have been made without going into detail.

She said it had been impossible to challenge the revocation order because of the undisclosed information.

Ms Quinlivan contended that the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights and the House of Lords both made it clear that details must be given in such circumstances.

The judge hearing the challenge ruled that an arguable case had been established on points related to an alleged lack of specificity.

Mr Justice Treacy granted leave to apply for a judicial review and fixed it for a full hearing in March.

And, as was reported in April 2010

The Northern Ireland Office is examining intelligence information supplied by MI5 on dissident republicans who were released early under the Good Friday agreement to check if there is evidence to seek their immediate return to prison.

Martin Corey, 60, who was released on licence in 1992 after serving a term for the murder of two policemen in 1973, was returned to prison two weeks ago. He was taken to Maghaberry jail after being informed that his licence had been revoked.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is also pursuing charges against dissidents for “ordinary” crimes that carry a custodial sentence, and they are examining cold-case files to establish if charges could be pressed for involvement in IRA attacks during the Troubles.

Gardai are in discussions with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to check if there is evidence to press IRA membership or terrorism charges against key suspects. Various convictions were secured against members of the Real and Continuity IRA in the Special Criminal Court between 1998 and 2003, which helped to bring the dissidents’ bombing campaign to an end.

[Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the Dark Side – Ed]  Indeed…

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  • Another disgraceful action by the British Government! One can only call it Internement by another name…

    Martin Corey already served 19 years behind bars while NO British soldiers and RUC faced one day in Gaol for State killings?

    Retribution or revenge, this man is nearly of pension age and should be released immediately.

  • Pete Baker

    “Retribution or revenge, this man is nearly of pension age and should be released immediately.”

    Dependant on what he may have done in the meantime.

  • Cynic2

    “Martin Corey already served 19 years behind bars”

    …which is but a small fraction of the life sentence he was awarded for his crimes. Cant do the time shouldnt do the crime.

  • Dec

    ‘…which is but a small fraction of the life sentence he was awarded for his crimes. Cant do the time shouldnt do the crime.’

    Unsurprisingly you’re confusing a life sentence with a Whole Life Tariff’ there Cynic2. Though how 19 years could be referred to as ‘a small fraction’ in regards to a life sentence is anyone’s guess.

    ‘Dependant on what he may have done in the meantime.’

    Which appears to be the crux of the issue.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    “Dependant on what he may have done in the meantime.”

    Indeed, if he has done anything in the meantime then charges should be proferred against him and then there should be due process. The fact that this has not occurred would indicate there is not enough evidence to even attempt to support a court case.

  • Cynic2

    ” there is not enough evidence to even attempt to support a court case.”

    ….which is irrelevant. He’s on licence and liable to recall aty any time. For him being out of jail is a privilidge not a right

  • Dec

    ‘He’s on licence and liable to recall aty any time.”

    Yes, but not indefinte detention without right of appeal.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    .”which is irrelevant. He’s on licence and liable to recall aty any time. For him being out of jail is a privilidge not a right”

    It is how you benchmark for accountable and transparent justice. I prefer due process, with anyone in prison having that right. Others apparently favour jailing people on a a whim.

  • Reader

    Pat McLarnon: I prefer due process, with anyone in prison having that right. Others apparently favour jailing people on a a whim.
    He’s in prison because of due process. It was his early release from prison that was arbitrary and exceptional (and provisional).

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    “He’s in prison because of due process. It was his early release from prison that was arbitrary and exceptional (and provisional).”

    Actually no one knows why he is in prison other than ‘unspecified allegations’. There was nothing arbitrary or exceptional about his release as he had went through the process for parole.

    If the British Security Services are using this form of internment to send out a message to people that they have no evidence against, yet want to punish because of alleged political affiliations then that needs to be made clear.

    It should not however be dressed up as any form of ‘due process’.

  • All this talk of due process is a joke, Martin Corey is adament that he has done nothing to warrent his return to gaol…

    It is but Internment by another name!

    If those posters wish to see due process let all those British Soldiers, RUC and UDR men responsible for killing innocent civilians during the recent conflict be imprisoned?