Irish Republican News · May 30, 2013
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Marian Price to be released from custody


Republican political activist Marian Price is to be released after more than two years of internment without trial.

The decision to release her on Thursday was taken by the Parole Commissioners.

The former political prisoner and hunger-striker was ordered to be jailed in 2011 by then British Direct Ruler, Owen Paterson.

Marian was moved to a Belfast hospital on medical advice last June. She had suffered from physical and psychological ill-health following her imprisonment in solitary confinement at Maghaberry and Hydebank Prisons.

Earlier this year, she was refused permission to attend the funeral of her sister, Dolours Price.

A major human rights campaign had worked intensively to secure her release and had won the support of several prominent national and international organisations.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams welcomed the Parole Board’s decision. He said the veteran republican, was being held without due process and has been “very ill for most of the this time”.

Sinn Fein Assembly member Jennifer McCann said the decision to release Marian was long overdue.

She said the party had made representations to the parole hearing. “This was a form of internment and was a threat to the peace process,” she said.

A full report will follow.

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