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 He was taken to Maghaberry jail after being informed that his licence had been revoked.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…