Brendan Lillis: Minister of Justice let him die in prison

June 6, 2011

Latest News about Brendan Lillis.

Brendan remains in the prison hospital at Maghaberry Gaol where he suffers from a chronic medial condition called ankylosing spondylitis, which cause his spine to fuse. At present, he is confined to bed and his condition has taken a turn for the worst. Brendan is 84 pound at the min and his rapidly deteriorating health is causing huge concern to his family and friends.  His morphine has been increased to 15mg after a nurse hurt him trying to move him in the bed. They have said the end of july to facilitate the psychologist coming over from England.  And we have been told they still havnt found anywhere to house this meeting yet.  If he stays in these conditions, Brendan will die in prison.

What they are doing to Brendan is against their own written policy. In keeping with the Northern Ireland Prison Service Corporate and Business Plan 2008/11, it is stated that prisoners’ access to health services must be appropriate to their needs and equivalent to those services available to the public.  This is off the NI Prison Administration website. They are not honoring their rules.

The minister of justice  is aware of the situation but he thinks there is no urgent need. If Brendan dies, he will be held personally responsible.

The high security Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim has been ranked as one of the worst performing in the UK.

Friends of Brendan Lillis


6 Responses to “Brendan Lillis: Minister of Justice let him die in prison”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    The meeting in July in the case Brendan Lillis, is unacceptable for us. You can not let die someone in prison and organize a meeting after his death. This is a declaration of war by the British Government to anyone who works for Human Rights and for the Rights of political prisoners.

  2. kruitvat Says:


    BL won’t get moved under the circumstance R just posted:
    we asked that caj be involved and have been told that they are a 3rd party and wont be involved… they ask us to name who we want there then were told they cant come and others whos names we have put forward will be told they can come but …only to observe , they will be allowed NO input so it defeats the purpose in asking, there is no democracy at all with there commissioners, people we want cant go, others can go but cant talk and the commissioners themselves are x ruc/psni corrupt system

    CAJ has been rendered useless because they have not been allowed to have any input. At one POW’S hearing, I understand CAJ was barred from the court room by the judge, because they had points of law that the judge did not want to consider. Brendan’s solicitor cannot have input? We must think of something else to do. This is not right, and I think they are making up their rules as they go along. I will start trying to come up with something.

    CAJ, a legal non government organization, will not be allowed to attend the meeting, even though Roison asked that they be there. She can have nobody there who can speak at the meeting. She can only listen. The people deciding are British and the people in unionist organizations who fought against the IRA before the peace agreement. Brendan was originally put into prison years ago for being in the IRA, but had been released on parole. This is why they want him dead.

    The justice minister is well aware of bls situation, he had a meeting with bls doctor from the jail, the doctor told ford they could only look after bl clinically and that further detention in jail would only lead to further deterioration of brendan. after being told this he released a statement completely ignoring the doctors advice, and instead relayed on another doctors opinion that was 9 months old. i email the minister 2 times weekly with up to date reports.. so that if brendan does die in custody i have proof that ford was aware of everything. now my solicitor will be challenging the presence of caj at bls hearing and has said he will take it into court if needs be, the problem is all this takes time, time we just dont have. they have had bl on steroids and anit baitocs for the past seven weeks. the belfast trust dont want bl in jail the doc dosnt want bl in jail so it falls onto the commissioners to make the right decission.

    The UK has passed laws which only apply to Northern Ireland. These laws relate to arrest, imprisonment without charges, warrantless searches, Diplock courts (this means no jury, just a British judge), and court procedures. I do not know if the law allows this to go before a judge in Northern Ireland.
    Most of the political prisoners at Maghaberry Prison have been held there more than a year, and have not yet been charged with a crime.

    Surgery can help Brendan Lillis. Instead, he suffers and gets worse under the control of Maghaberry Prison: ” Chronic pain and stiffness are the most common complaints of patients with AS. More than 70% of patients report daily pain and stiffness.
    Fatigue is another common complaint of patients with AS, occurring in approximately 65% of patients. Most patients report their fatigue to be moderately severe. Increased levels of fatigue are associated with increased pain and stiffness and decreased functional capacity.
    Severe physical disability is not common among patients with AS. Problems with mobility occur in approximately 47% of patients. Disability is related to the duration of the disease, peripheral arthritis, cervical spine involvement, younger age at onset of symptoms, and coexisting illnesses. Disability has been demonstrated to improve with prolonged periods of exercise or surgical correction of peripheral joint and cervical spine involvement. ”

    i didnt even no that surgery could be done on his spine, they have told us it is fused with the lumber spine due to excess bone. i will deff look into this

    I do not know for certain that it could, and only know what I have read about this disease. Just as joint replacement, one must go to the doctors specializing in this. Some never get the replacement, and just suffer. I read about massage, physical therapy and whirlpool baths to relieve pain, as well as new drugs to treat the condition. Brendan should be allowed to get good care, instead of what is going on now.

    i no caroline the jail have only sent bl for 1 hydro treatment in the pool since his arrest that was last december. and the new drug humira is the 1 bl took a bad reaction too, and as for physio he gets none.
    he hasnt seen his speclist since december

  3. kruitvat Says:

    Maghaberry prison:

    Action 5.6.11 – Not long back from Maghaberry, god it’s a grim place. I cant even begin to imagine what the prisoners in there have to go through. Brutalised and beaten daily, forced strip searches, forced to pour their urine and bodily wastes through their cell doors, deprived of natural light and fresh air. Today they were given a much need morale boost. 500 people marched from the visitor car park to the main prison gates. People carried flags, banners and placards in support of the POWs. Whistles, air horns and fireworks were let off to make as much noise as possible so the POWs could hear us. We then went silent as we heard the POWs responding by banging their cell doors, walls and chanting. Pol Mac Adaim sang a few songs for the POWs. Local independent republican Cllr Davy Hyland was the main speaker and spoke very well, drawing comparisons to todays situation and the situation 30 years ago. We then marched down the side of Roe House chanting, banging, whistling etc. On the other side of the fence were the loyalist screws in riot gear with guard dogs, the same bigots who are torturing our POWs. We then made our way back to the car park and a cavalcade of over 60 cars drove up to the main gates sounding their horns. After the protest we were met with a massive “security operation” just a few hundred yards down the road from Maghaberry. Dozens of heavily armed members of the RUC/PSNI and numerous armoured land rovers stopped and searched cars and mini buses that were leaving the protest. All in all it was a great event that generated some much needed publicity and awareness to the plight endured by our POWs while at the same time giving the POWs a much needed boost. This is only the start! VICTORY TO THE POWs

    Thirty-eight Republican Prisoners currently imprisoned in Maghaberry Gaol. “Controlled movement” is imposed on Republican landings with only three prisoners permitted out of their cells on the landing at any one time with each prisoner accompanied by two prison officers. Free Association on landings completely removed. Legislation introduced by British government following the Good Friday Agreement removed the right of Republican prisoners to organise themselves on their own landings and removed the right of Republican prisoners to spend their time in prison constructively. Prisoners made to chose between daily exercise or education. Prisoners denied educational facilities to enable them to organise their own education. Easter lilies banned in the prison. Other Republican handicrafts confiscated and destroyed by prison officers. PSNI/RUC approval required before prisoners permitted on Republican landing. Republican prisoners’ parole entitlement has been reduced to half that of other prisoners. Denial of compassionate paroles for family and religious occasions. Parole for funerals of immediate family members often restricted to 6 hours or less. Constant use of strip searching to humiliate prisoners contrary to international law. One prisoner received 31 strip searches and 1,135 rub down searches in a six month period. Prisoners locked in their cells for alternately 21/23 hours per day. Abuse of the sniffer dogs in an attempt to criminalise political prisoners. Families and prisoners are wrongly accused of smuggling drugs into the prison. Familes are forced to have closed family visits which take place through Perspex screen while prisoners returning from parole are placed in solitary confinement for 48 hours. Family visitors exposed to Loyalist visitors while visiting prison. Prisoners exposed to Loyalists going to and from legal visits. The power of the Governor to punish a prisoner by taking away remission was reintroduced specifically for Republican prisoners after it was banned by the European Court of Human Rights in 2002. Access to a doctor available only once a week. Interference with correspondence. Irish language and cultural items including handicrafts made relating to hunger strikes confiscated or destroyed by prison officers.

    Friends of Brendan Lillis:

  4. kruitvat Says:

    It should be considered a criminal act to not allow adequate medical care to a person who is locked up.

    The Mayo Clinic website. “With severe pain, surgery is recommended.”…..per Mayo Clinic.

  5. It’s a fucking disgrace what is happening to B.L. He’s A Republician Prisoner who served a life Sentence for the PIRA and Sinn Fein are doing fuck all to help him or his partner and Sinn Fein call themselves Republicians it’s A Fucking disgrace and must be sorted out.

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