We as Marian’s family are appalled at the lack of urgency being displayed by the Parole Commissioners who are at present reviewing her case. There is a broadly shared view both within our family and the wider community that a stalling process is being employed to delay a determinant decision. We have all been assured that these Commissioners have the powers to deliver such a verdict and this view has been continually reinforced by the Secretaries of State past and present as well as David Ford’s Department of Justice and their respective appointees. It is now 18 months since Owen Paterson employed mechanisms to revoke a license he claimed Marian was held under. She is now imprisoned for offences dating back almost 40 years. Marian has been bailed by the courts yet since May 2011 has remained in solitary confinement in prison and present is held in an isolated hospital unit.
As a consequence of her treatment in Maghaberry and Hydebank prison Marian’s health has continued to deteriorate. The hospital staff now treating Marian’s various illnesses have had an arduous task balancing highly toxic medications with other treatments. This ordeal for all involved should be not be happening. The courts have said Marian should be released on bail and all medical opinion has stated she cannot be treated in an environment that is not conductive to recovery. Marian has been in an ‘outside’ hospital since June and is held under guard with all the rules and regulations applied to a prison regime. The fact that she has been hospitalised by such a lengthy period without improvement and indeed marked deterioration speaks volumes about the chronic state of her health.
Our family can no longer await the pleasure of those with the power to deal expeditiously with this legal limbo. Marian has been forced to endure the brunt of game playing to the detriment of her mental and physical health. We call on those assigned to adjudicate in this travesty of a so called justice system to act now before a shameful situation becomes irredeemable. The Parol Commissioners have not complied with the obligations apportioned to them. Marian is entitled to have a hearing within a reasonable time under Article 5 of the European Convention. The Commissioners dealing with Marian’s case must discharge their statuatory legal duties without interference from any source. Their delay in embarking on the pathway to a resolution of this urgent matter is tilting the scales towards further deterioration in Marian’s already serious ill health. At the same time we call on the state to produce the evidence if it exists so that Marian’s legal team can defend her. The Parole Commissioners must swiftly enact the duties charged to them and after such a lengthy process come to a just and decisie ruling.
Marian Price who is seriously ill is held under guard in an isolated hospital ward despite the recommendations of doctors who say she needs to be sent home if she is to recover, she is in Gaol on bail. Marian has endured forced isolation for over 15 months. FREE MARIAN PRICE!!!
Just heard on the news that political internee Marian Price has been moved to an outside hospital due to the deterioration of her health as a result of being held in solitary confinement for over a year at “her majesty’s pleasure”. Will Marty ask Mrs Windsor if she can dig out that Royal Prerogative of Mercy that has apparently been “lost”? Never mind shaking the war criminals hand #scum