18 June 2005


Bomber returned to jail

18/06/2005 - 15:20:42

One of Northern Ireland’s most notorious bombers was re-arrested and returned to prison today, accused of resuming links to 'terrorism'.

Sean Kelly, 33 who was jailed for bombing a Belfast fish shop that killed 10 in 1993, had his early release licence suspended today by Secretary of State Peter Hain.

Kelly was released with other prisoners in July 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Mr Hain said he acted today on security intelligence that Kelly had become involved again with terrorist activity.

“I am satisfied that Sean Kelly has become re-involved in terrorism and is a danger to others and while he is at liberty, is likely to commit further offences,” he said.

“On the basis of security information available to me, I have decided to return Sean Kelly to prison with immediate effect.”

Mr Hain also warned that he would not hesitate to suspend the licence of other prisoners who got early release scheme under the Good-Friday Agreement if they presented a risk to the safety of others.

“My priority is public safety and the interests of the whole community and I cannot permit freedom to an individual intent on abusing the opportunity they have been given to benefit from the early release scheme,” he said.

“I am satisfied that this particular individual has breached the terms of his licence and that it is appropriate for me to suspend his licence.”

The independent Sentence Review Commissioners will now consider Mr Kelly’s case and decide whether to revoke his licence.

Kelly was sentenced to life for the murders of nine people, including two children, when he bombed Frizzell’s fish shop on the Shankill Road in October 1993.

Kelly was released under strict conditions in July 2000 that he didn’t support a specific organisation, didn’t get involved in terrorism acts or didn’t become a danger to the public.

Loyalist politicians have called for his arrest and return to prison in the past as they claimed he was orchestrating nationalist riots.

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