Brendan Lillis is dying in Maghaberry prison: letter to David Ford

Brussels, 13 July 2011

Justice Minister David Ford
Department of Justice
Block B
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast
Northern Ireland
BT4 3SG
southantrim@davidford.org

Dear Sir,

During years and years, I am working about human rights, so well on a national as international level.

I am very shocked by the violations of human rights and the many deaths and suicides in the prisons of Northern Ireland.

Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currently desperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison, in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has left himunable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due to a series of serious infections and medication which has compromised his immune system, Mr Lillis has been unable to eat, sleep or hold down even liquids for a period close to a month and is constant agony. In short, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that his partner Roisin, who is his only contact with the outside world, fears that he will die in his prison bed!

May I pray you to intervene in this inhuman and tragical case ?

Yours faithfully,

Jan Boeykens
Werkgroep Morkhoven

Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis?id​=170244766375421&ref=notif&not​if_t=group_activity

Copy: michael@davidford.org, alliance@allianceparty.org, director@allianceparty.org, niall@davidford.org, john@davidford.org,

5 thoughts on “Brendan Lillis is dying in Maghaberry prison: letter to David Ford

  1. kruitvat Post author

    Latest News:

    ‘Was with him today it took 3 hours to get a multi vitamin drink into him, it was like winning the lotto…still tired but seemed a little brighter i think it was the drink he had..hes now on 52 tabs a day. his eyesight is poor..i was told in the jail that a human rights doc is visiting tomorrow but i dont no were from, thats all the staff told me

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  2. kruitvat Post author

    Authorities are becoming nervous…

    WordPress Forum:

    Since yesterday, we have problems with http://prisonsofshame.wordpress.com/

    We can not enter this group. We see always the next message on our screen: Your server can not open this page because the connexion on the server has ‘réinitialisée’. This problem can be created if the server or de connexion with the network are busy (occupied). Wait some minutes and try again’.

    We just published a letter to the British Justice Minister David Ford about Brendan Lillis, a prisoner who is dying in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland. May be, that is the reason for the ‘technical’ problem with our WordPress blog ‘Prisons of shame’ which you can easily find on Google.

    How can we reopen our blog ?

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    Photo: Brendan Lillis. Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old former Life-sentence political prisoner from West Belfast, in Ireland, is currently desperately ill in the medical wing of the notorious Maghaberry prison, in County Antrim. He suffers from the intensely painful and progressive disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis which due to other medical complications has left himunable to move from his bed for 14 months and his weight has dropped to a perilous 6 stones (38.1 Kilos !). Due to a series of serious infections and medication which has compromised his immune system, Mr Lillis has been unable to eat, sleep or hold down even liquids for a period close to a month and is constant agony. In short, his health has deteriorated to such an extent that his partner Roisin, who is his only contact with the outside world, fears that he will die in his prison bed!

    Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis?id​=170244766375421&ref=notif&not​if_t=group_activity

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  3. kruitvat Post author

    ACTION

    this has been posted on ir.net

    Duleek Independent Republicans will hold an urgent protest this wednesday evening on the bridge of peace in Drogheda at 7p.m. calling for the immediate release of Brendan Lillis from Maghaberry gaol.

    We appeal to all republicans/groups to attend and show your support for Brendan regardless of political beliefs. Please bring along posters and banners highlighting Brendan’s case.

    We ask you to forward this to your friends.

    Friends of Brendan Lillis: https://www.facebook.com/group​s/Friends.Of.Brendan.Lillis?id​=170244766375421&ref=notif&not​if_t=group_activity

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