20 April 2006

Easter lily ban faces challenge


A prison rule banning inmates from wearing Easter lilies is being challenged in court.

The High Court in Belfast has granted leave for a judicial review of the ban.

The judge also ordered the governor of Maghaberry prison to suspend a punishment given to a prisoner for wearing a lily on Easter Sunday.

Terrence McCafferty, who is serving a 12-year sentence for a bombing, had been sentenced to three days in a punishment unit.

It is expected that the rest of the case will be heard next month.

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