Irish Republican News · August 18, 2011
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Brendan Lillis released, says partner

Critically ill internee Brendan Lillis, currently receiving medical care at City Hospital in south Belfast, has been freed, according to his partner.

The development follows his transfer from Maghaberry prison last week, and apparently marks the culmination of an intense international campaign for his release on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.

A former political prisoner, Brendan had been interned as a danger to the British state two years ago. After developing a chronic and life-threatening disease of the skeletal system, his suffering at Maghaberry jail became the focus of a major international human rights campaign just last month.

“Just received news two minutes ago to tell me Brendan has been released as of now - no stipulations, guards have been removed, he is completely free,” his partner, Roisin Lynch, posted to members of an online campaign for his release this evening.

“We have won the fight... but our fight goes on, we now have to fight for our political prisoners.”

There has so far been no official statement on the matter from either the British government or the Stormont administration in Belfast.

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