Brussels, 8.7.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
22nd Floor
Windsor House
Bedford Street
BT2 7FT
Ireland

Dear Madam,

Concerns: the deaths in Maghaberry prison, Brendan Lillis who is actually dying in the Maghaberry prison

May I remind you to my letter of 30.6.2011, please ?

In this letter I said that it is not normal that, while you are pretending to investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prison custody (from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was even extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), you say that you ‘can not comment and can not be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis.

You say that ‘these matters are for Minister for Justice Ford and the prison authorities’ but that is not correct. The least you can do as Prisoners Ombudsman which investigates with a special team the many deaths and suicides in the prisons of Northern Ireland, is to make a report of a case as Brendan Lillis and to contact the Minister and the direction of the prison authorities.

As you know very well, Brendan is very sick and he risks to die in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland where there were 3 deaths during the past 3 months.

I learned that Brendan has no right to the visit of a physician from outside the prison. That’s in violation of the prison law and international laws.

Brendan is now more than 450 days in bed and he is more dead than alive. His situation is getting worse every day. He can hardly move and talk.
He would now be fed through a gut that is going directly to his stomach. That is a sadistic torture because they know that he is dying and it is again a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the national and international laws.

Given his health, he has the right to be released.

As I said, there have been many deaths in the Maghaberry prison without you were doing anything to prevent it, without you took your job seriously. You seem to work without human feeling, without thinking of the life of the prisoners and their husbands, their families and friends.

Remember that you are a prisoner ombudsman. So, it is your work to DO something for prisoners.

You think that, by refering to the Minister of Justice and the direction of the prison authorities, you can avoid your responsibility. But it will not help you.
If you do not help a very sick prisoner by making a report and contacting the Minister and the prison authorities, you can be prosecuted as he dies.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Boeykens
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven
Belgium

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Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, who investigates deaths in Prison Service ‘cannot be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis who is dying in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland…

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RTE News Ireland, 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.

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.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0329/psni.html

Photo: Brendan Lillis who is now more then 450 days in bed in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland.  He has lost half of his body weight and is too weak to move, yet Maghaberry prison refuses to provide IV nourishment to him.  He risks to die one of the coming days.

Friends of Brendan Lillis
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Write to Brendan:
Brendan Lillis, Maghaberry Gaol, Prison Hospital, Upper Ballinderry Road, Lisburn Co. Antrim, North of Ireland BT 28 2PT.

Brussels, 30.6.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

Dear Madam,

Concerns: the deaths in Maghaberry prison, Brendan Lillis actually dying in the Maghaberry prison

Thanks for your reply.

It is very strange that, while you are pretending to investigate the complaints from prisoners and the deaths in prison custody (from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was even extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland), you ‘can not comment and can not be helpful’ in the case of Brendan Lillis who is very sick and is dying now in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland where there were 3 deaths during the past 3 months.

You say that these matters are for Minister for Justice Ford and the prison authorities.

Many people wrote to Minister Ford and the prison authorities but they didn’t receive an answer.

Have they to wait until they can go to the funeral of Brendan ?

Don’t forget that you are an prisoner ombudsman. So, it is your work to DO something for prisoners.

Remember also that if you do not help a sick prisoner who risks to die, you can be prosecuted as this prisoner dies.

Yours sincerely,

Jan Boeykens
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven
Belgium

Friends of Brendan Lillis
https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_182248348494841#!/home.php?sk
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Photo: Pauline McCabe and her team

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

Brussels, 29.6.2011

Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland

Dear Madam,

I read that with effect from 1 September 2005 the remit of the Prisoner Ombudsman was extended as required by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to investigate deaths in Prison Service Custody.

There were now 3 deaths on 3 months, in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland and Brendan Lillis who is very sick and lies during more than 450 days in bed, is dying in this prison.

He needs urgent help from you.

Jan Boeykens
Belgium
President of Werkgroep Morkhoven

Friends of Brendan Lillis
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http://www.niprisonerombudsman.gov.uk/contact.html
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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

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.

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