19/07/2011

Northern Ireland: Brendan Lillis dying in Maghaberry prison

 

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!

Justice Minister David Ford who is politically responsible for the recent deaths in the Maghaberry prison in Northern Ireland, decided that the hearing with the commissioners planned for tommorow in the Maghaberry prison, will be only a ‘preliminary hearing to determine the date for a hearing’.  It is clear that he is just waiting for Brendan’s death.

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Links to the BBC interview with Brendan Lillis’ partner Roisin Lynch:

or

Click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/c​onsole/b012m7nh

Then go forward to 1:05:05 - 7 days left to listen again

 
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Release Brendan Lillis‏ – YouTube  - http://youtu.be/xPlrXlHcyIo

Audio of Roisin Lynch addressing Pilot’s Row meeting 14-7-11 [HQ].wmv

On 14-7-11 Roisin Lynch, partner of Brendan Lillis who is dying right now in Maghaberry prison, spoke at a meeting in Pilot’s Row Derry.

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15/07/2011

Brendan Lillis dying: Open Letter to Justice Minister 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

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Photo: Justice Minister David Ford who seems not to be interested in the inhuman treatments of the prisoners in Northern Ireland

09/07/2011

Northern Ireland: Minister of Justice David Ford let prisoner die

forddavid_justiceminister.jpgBrendan Lillis, a man imprisoned in the Maghaberry prison of Northern Ireland, is dying. Minister of Justice David Ford does not seem worried about his situation. Pauline McCabe, Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland who investigates the many deaths in prisons, answered us that she 'cannot be helpful'...

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Latest news about Brendan Lillis (8.7.2011)

People testify:

'I only get to see bl 2 hours a week. His arm is white and the rest of him is a bit red. He cant move his fingers and sleeps most of the time. I havnt seen any difference yet as i dont get to see him much. and the commissioners meeting is expected to last 8 hours 4 hours per day, 18th and 19th July. The 1st day is focusing on if brendan is or can become a danger to the public, both physically or mentally ie masterminding a crime... the 2nd day will focus on his health'

'He cant even roll a feg ni someone dose it for him plus they will have to give him more morphine for the pain of moveing hin, sh hell be high as a kite.'

'He is laying flat on his side, he said he was really hot on my last visit with him and the bed sheets were soaken with sweat . they have been trying to take blood but the vains keep collapsing not sure if they have got any yet. and they run out of the urine cardboard things he uses to pass water in . so he has to keep using the same 1 they rinse it at the sink in his cell. And the unit beside his bed is stinking. he trys to drink water but it comes back up. he sips tea through a straw.'

'Probably has to lie on his side because of his back pain. It probably hurts when he puts any pressure on the fused part.'

'Thats the way hes been laying for months, he cant get onto his back at all with the pain, thats why they took his tooth out in his cell bed its the only position he can just about tolerate. The slightest movement makes him cry out.'

'I am sitting here weeping for him. I feel so helpless as must you. His condition is critical, he needs to be transported straight to an intensive care unit. I have sent an e-mail to the DOJ in Belfast. I am letting them know my concerns and that the world is watching. I hope something works. I will not sleep until I know this man is getting proper care.'

'He could be going septic. Make sure they are checking his temp, BP and P frequently. The red flags would be increased temp decreased BP and fast but weak pulse. Are they checking his O2 sat levels? They need to give him a lot of water with the feeding or he will dehydrate even worse. They need to keep his head elevated in order to prevent aspiration of the feeding and causing pnuemonia. Are they checking any labs? OMG I wish I could be there.'

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Photo: Minister of Justice, David Ford

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