Open Letter to Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (2)

July 1, 2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: ‘We investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prisons but we cannot be helpful’

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PA/Prisoner. Ombudsman@prisonerombudsman.x.gsi.gov.uk
To: werkgroepmorkhoven@gmail.com
date: 28 juni 2011
Subject: RE: Prisoner Ombudsman Enquiry Form

Dear Jan

Thank you for your email in relation to Mr Brendan Lillis.

While we are aware of Mr Lillis’ situation, the Prisoner Ombudsman’s
remit extends to the investigation of complaints from prisoners and the investigation of deaths in prison custody.
We are not in a position, therefore, to comment on his continued detention. These matters are for the Minister for Justice and prison authorities.

I am sorry we cannot be more helpful.

Yours sincerely

Prisoner Ombudsman’s Office
22nd Floor, Windsor House
Bedford Street
Belfast BT2 7FT

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2 Responses to “Open Letter to Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland (2)”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    RTE News Ireland: ‘Prisoner Ombudsman can be helpful…’

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    29 March 2011 – The PSNI has begun a criminal investigation after the Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman said a prison officer planted a note in the cell of a dissident republican suspect. http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0329/psni.html

    Probe into Maghaberry prison cell note

    The PSNI has begun a criminal investigation after the Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman said a prison officer planted a note in the cell of a dissident republican suspect.
    The Prison Service of Northern Ireland says a member of staff has been suspended following the report by the ombudsman.
    In a statement, the Prison Service said the prison officer was suspended in accordance with its code of discipline.
    ‘We have launched a disciplinary investigation into this matter which has been adjourned pending the outcome of the police inquiry.’
    The note is believed to have contained personal details about the then Governor of Maghaberry Prison, Steve Rodford.
    Mr Rodford resigned in December 2009 because of fears he faced a security threat.
    Prisoner Ombudsman Pauline McCabe found that on the balance of probabilities, a member of prison staff planted the note in the cell of Brendan McConville, who is charged with the murder of PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon two years ago.
    Mr McConville’s lawyer wrote to the Ombudsman alleging that his client had been set up by prison staff opposed to planned reforms within the prison.


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