Maghaberry prison: Open Letter to The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi

June 25, 2011

Rt Hon Baroness Warsi

Email: psbaronesswarsi@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

Dear Madam,

Concers: Gerard McManus, prisoner in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland

I am working during several years with princess Jacqueline de Croÿ, member of the direction board of our association, about human rights in prisons and hospitals and I want to protest against the human rights violations in the Maghaberry prison  in Northern Ireland where people are isolated and tortured.

In three months time, there were 3 deaths in this prison.

The family of prisoner Gerard McManus had a scheduled visit which was to take place at 2.45pm on Wednesday 23rd June.

Following a prolonged period of waiting and with other visits scheduled for the same time already taking place, Gerards elderly father asking as to his son’s non appearance, was promptly told to sit down, then informed that Gerard would be there shortly.
The family remained seated as other visits ended and at 4pm Gerard was eventually brought to the visiting area.
At approximately 4.35pm, a Maghaberry screw, who appeared to be intoxicated ended the visit.
Gerard’s father remonstrated with him, stating that they had driven some 2 and a half hours to get there, been held in the visiting area for another 1 and a quarter hours and his scheduled visit was being cut short without reason.
The screw became verbally abusive to both the prisoner and his family and stated that he wished there were still soldiers like the ‘Shankill butchers’ to take care of people like them.
The riot squad was then called to remove the family from the visiting area and the prisoner back to his cell.
At this stage the guard who seemed drunken, was called away by his colleagues.
Gerard’s elderly father requested to see the Governor to register an official complaint about the sectarian abuse received and the fact that visits were being overseen by drunken sectarian guards.

A woman who claimed to be an Assistant Governor came down to meet him and immediately informed him that she was not interested in hearing his complaints and that they were to leave the gaol immediately.

I am waiting your answer.

Kindly regards,

Jan Boeykens, Faiderstraat 10, 1060 Brussels, Belgium
President Morkhoven Group

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4 Responses to “Maghaberry prison: Open Letter to The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    I received the following answer fron postmaster@flex-c.x.gsi.gov.uk :
    Delivery has failed to these recipients or distribution lists: psbaronesswarsi@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk
    The recipient’s e-mail address was not found in the recipient’s e-mail system. Microsoft Exchange will not try to redeliver this message for you. Please check the e-mail address and try resending this message, or provide the following diagnostic text to your system administrator.This email was received from the INTERNET and scanned by the Government Secure Intranet anti-virus service supplied by Cable&Wireless Worldwide in partnership with MessageLabs. (CCTM Certificate Number 2009/09/0052.) In case of problems, please call your organisation’s IT Helpdesk.
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  2. kruitvat Says:

    That means that the information on http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/cabinet-office is not correct…

    Cabinet Office
    70 Whitehall
    London
    SW1A 2AS
    http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/cabinet-office

    Minister without Portfolio
    The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi
    Responsibilities include:
    – Acting as an interface between the Government and the Conservative Party
    – Providing the Prime Minister with strategic thinking on the general direction of Government policy and working with Ministerial colleagues in relation to social cohesion and Big Society
    – Contributing to the Government’s policy and decision making processes as a member of Cabinet and Cabinet Committees
    The Minister has no departmental responsibilities.
    Private Office to The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi
    Telephone: 020 7276 0874
    Fax: 020 7276 0841
    Email: psbaronesswarsi@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

  3. kruitvat Says:

    I reported this problem on ‘Contact Government Efficiency – Please use this form to send us comments or suggestions regarding Efficiency’. (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/form/contact-government-efficiency):

    I found the E-mail adress of Minister, The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi (psbaronesswarsi@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk), on the website of the government (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/cabinet-office).
    But I received the following answer fron postmaster@flex-c.x.gsi.gov.uk :
    Delivery has failed to these recipients or distribution lists: psbaronesswarsi@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk

    Contact Government Efficiency
    Thank you for submitting your comment.
    http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/node/627/done?sid=3523


    Presented as: Jan Boeykens
    werkgroepmorkhoven@gmail.com

  4. kruitvat Says:

    I wonder that there is no control on what happens in the prisons of Northern Ireland. Is there a prison law that regulates the rights of the prisoners ? It seems there is no inspection. There were already 3 deaths in 3 months time in Maghaberry prison. There is the case with Brendan Lillis who is dying in prison while the authorities and the Minister of Justice himselves are well informed. And there are the serious human rights violations on 23rd June.
    That is unacceptable for a so called civilized country (that bombs other countries with an UN mandate).
    I will write about it to the International Press agencies and the members of European Parliament.


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