People working for the State, come always with the same nonsense: ‘He is a danger for the public’. OK, some persons are a danger for the public. But how can a man as Brendan Lillis who was locked up during 20 years in one of the most inhuman prisons of the world, who is very sick and can not longer eat, who lies now during 450 days in bed and who risks to die one of the coming days, still be a ‘danger for the public’ ?

Photo: members of government

Motion relating to Maghaberry prisoners successfully passed in Newry & Mourne Council

I’m just back from the Newry & Mourne Council monthly meeting. I raised the prisoners plight highlighting the fact that the previous Council had agreed to send a delegation to investigate the prisoners concerns but postponed it when the August 12th agreement 2010 was passed. I proposed a motion that, in the light of the continued strip searching of prisoners it is vital that a Council delegation visit the prisoners as a matter of urgency. The motion was passed without objection.

Cllr. Davy Hyland!/home.php?sk=group_132734503459781&id=158899877509910&notif_t=like

It is very clear now that the UK authorities will win time to murder Brendan with a so called natural death. It is a pure political isue for them. They see Brendan as an Irish political activist and former ennemy, not as a human being. It is a pure form of political revenge.

It is therefore that:

– they will not liberate him immediately to save his life;
– they are talking about a ‘psychologist’ while the medical report of Brendan says clearly that he is fysically very sick and that his weight has come to a very critical point now;
– they violate their own rules (the Northern Ireland Prison Service Corporate and Business Plan 2008/11, which states that prisoners’ access to health services must be appropriate to their needs and equivalent to those services available to the public);
– they violate the european and international rules on sick prisoners and torturous and degrading treatments;
– they will win time and suggest a meeting in July (after Brendan’s death);
– they do no allow that legal non government organizations and other ‘dangerous’ witnesses attend the meeting (if Brendan is still alive);
– they hope Brendan will die shortly after this meeting or possible release;
– they do not allow that an independant physician, a member of the european parliament or an independant observer of an international institution visit Brendan.

I also think that the British government is afraid of an European and international condemnation of their prison and human rights policies because there too many deads in UK prisons. But the members of the British government refuse to undertake structural measures and to solve the problems. Instead, they prefer human rights violations and new deaths in prisons to ‘improve’ their political image in the world.

Jan Boeykens, Werkgroep Morkhoven

The meeting in July in the case Brendan Lillis, is unacceptable. 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.

Picture: Friends of Brendan Lillis – An Irishman dying in the British Maghaberry prison:!/home.php?sk=group_132734503459781&id=159170760816155&notif_t=like


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

Faraj Hassan Alsaadi

September 3, 2010

The eyes shed tears, the heart grieves, but we do not say except that which pleases our Lord

It is with the utmost sadness that we share the heartbreaking news that former detainee Faraj Hassan Alsaadi died in a tragic motorcycle accident on August 16th at 9am. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon – to God we belong and to Him we return. His last night in this world was spent in defence of his sister, Aafia Siddiqui, speaking to a crowd of 300 in her support at the ‘Aafia – the Last Stand’ rally and supplicating for her in an unprecedented act, leading 90 people in qiyaam and qunut outside the US embassy, London.

As he died whilst fasting in the blessed month of Ramadhan, we pray that the hadith is glad tidings for him –“Whoever fasts one day seeking the Face of Allah and that was his final action, will enter Paradise.” (Ahmad)

Faraj Hassan came to the UK in 2002, fleeing persecution in his native Libya. He was arrested shortly thereafter and spent 15 months detained without trial before being eventually charged under the Terrorism Act in 2003 and served with an Italian extradition warrant. Although the extradition order was ultimately suspended he continued to be detained for another four years in HMP Long Lartin on the basis of secret evidence, with the government seeking to deport him to Libya. Whilst his deportation was ruled unlawful, he was then made the subject of a control order (virtual house arrest) in addition to a UN financial sanction which prevented him from obtaining any income.

After almost 8 years of detention in prison and house arrest, the control order was finally revoked in November 2009 and Faraj was a free man. He was not charged with any offence nor was he presented with any evidence against him.

In his eight months as a free man he tirelessly and selflessly devoted his liberty to the defence of prisoners and their families, acting most notably as a spokesman for the charity, HHUGS. Outraged by the case of Aafia Siddiqui, Faraj got involved with JFAC, participating in ourSeven Days for Seven Years Vigil in May 2010, outside the US embassy, London. He was one of the few die-hard campaigners who braved the elements and remained outside the embassy despite the heavy rains and prohibition of erecting any shelter or tent. He led five other men that night in prayer, in the rain, making du’a for Aafia. He travelled as far as Portsmouth on his bike, at short notice, to show solidarity with campaigners who had organised a local event for Dr Siddiqui, and would take the initiative to raise her case at mosques and centres around the country.  Faraj was invited to the lead the prayers outside the US embassy for Aafia in Ramadhan as he was also a haafidh al-Qur’an with ijaazah in the riwaayaat of Qaalun ‘an Naafi, Hafs ‘an ‘Aasim and Khalaf ‘an Hamza. He was studying the remainder of the Qira’aat prior to his death.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Faraj’s family at this most difficult time.  He leaves behind him three beautiful children under 9, with no family in the UK. We ask Allah that He grants them the strength, patience and fighting spirit that surpasses that of their father, aameen.

We encourage all individuals of conscience to join the Facebook In Memoriam page for Faraj Hassan to share your memories of Faraj and leave messages of condolence for his family.  The outpouring of grief and support therein is testimony to the affection in which he was held, which we pray is a sign of His Love for his slave.

A trust fund will be set up in the coming weeks which we equally encourage all visitors to donate to, to support his family in the coming months and years. In the interim period we ask people to donate via the JFAC account. Please ensure that you include the reference ‘Faraj’ when transferring or depositing funds. For further information please visit

We pray that those reading this will take inspiration from his life and from his death.