15 January 2006

IRSP call for release of Joe Magee

Daily Ireland

**Via Newshound

Connla Young
13/01/2006

The Irish Republican Socialist Party has said it intends to take up the case of a former INLA member turned down for early release by the Sentence Review Commission last week.
Joe Magee was jailed in 2004 for killing British army recruitment officer Michael Newell in Derby in 1992. A sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals, Mr Newman died in hospital after being shot at close range as he left work. Mr Magee made his application for release under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He was told last week that the Sentence Review Commission’s interim determination was to reject his bid for release.
The former INLA man severed his links with the paramilitary organisation several years ago. He is to appeal against the commission’s interim determination in the coming weeks.
Senior IRSP member Willie Gallagher last night said his party would support Mr Magee’s appeal.
“He has severed his links with the Republican Socialist Movement and has no contact at all. We will be getting in touch with him in the coming days though and will possibly put in a request to attend the appeal hearing. We are confident he would abide by any conditions set down by the Sentence Review Commission,” said Mr Gallagher.
Earlier this week, campaigning Co Tyrone priest Monsignor Raymond Murray backed Mr Magee’s bid for freedom from Maghaberry prison, where he is serving a life sentence.

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