“Trying To Save Brendan’s Life”
Brendan Lillis, a 59 year old prisoner from West Belfast 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 seen him unable 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!
Mr Lillis was an Irish Republican political prisoner who had been released on license but unfortunately was arrested for an attempted robbery over a year ago. Despite being judged unfit to stand trial due to his desperate medical condition, Mr Lillis is still being held in Maghaberry prison ‘on license’ due to his previous conviction for political charges and is in a Catch 22 situation where he can be held indefinitely at the ‘pleasure’ of the British ‘Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Owen Patterson, M.P. With the ‘Secretary of State’ having the power to release Mr Lillis, only public pressure will convince him to allow this prisoner out of prison to receive the medical treatment he so badly needs and to spend his remaining days with his family in a non-prison environment.
Mr Lillis’ case is a purely humanitarian issue but it is complicated by his political antecedents. Ankylosing Spondylitis, the condition that Mr Lillis suffers from is an intensely painful condition that begins with a curvature of the spine and it has now got to the stage where he is in extreme pain 24 hours a day with little relief and sub-standard medical care. The Maghaberry prison ‘hospital’ is little more than a ‘sick-bay’ which is guarded by Unionist prison warders who would be antagonistic to Mr Lillis due to his Irish Republican past.
Roisin, Mr Lillis’ partner, is understandably beside herself with anxiety and is desperately looking for help with her fledgling campaign to have Brendan treated with dignity:
“I am trying my best to highlight this but sadly I’m working alone and don’t have much experience this area but im trying my best……For the 1st 10 weeks he had no visits because he couldn’t get into a wheelchair and they wouldn’t let me into the jail, after a lot of debates with the jail i was eventually allowed to visit him in his cell which i have done since then. as you all no Brendan is now in a precarious situation and if he doesn’t get released from jail i am in no doubts he will die soon.“
Mr Lillis’ case should be a concern for everyone on humanitarian grounds alone and it would appear that only public pressure will make the Secretary of State notice the plight of a seriously ill 59 year old man in Maghaberry prison who is in constant pain and whose weight has plummeted to a dangerous 6 stone.
Please sign the petition because he is now on a heart machine and needs real hospital care:
Stop systematic cover-up of paedo-criminality and corruption in Lithuania
On October 5th, 2009, judge J.Furmanavičius and Violeta Naruševičienė (accused of helping to prostitute the girl) were found dead with gun wounds. On April 18th 2010, D. Kedys was found dead with a gun next to his body, close to a water reservoir. Official version-choking on his stomach contents due to an alcohol consumption.
On June 13th 2010, main suspect A. Ūsas’s body was found close to a pond. Official version- drowning due to the heart failure and alcohol consumption.
This case involves multiple deaths, cover-ups of evidence, ambiguous tactics, false accusations and deliberate misinformation by the prosecution. In addition, D.Kedys’s sister N. Venckienė is being subjected to a continuous harassment by the prosecution and smear campaigns in the press. Same tactics were also used in other famous cases i.e. VSD officer’s A. Pociūnas death.
1.5 million Palestinians, the entire population of Gaza, is trapped and being punished for the actions of armed Palestinian groups responsible for rocket fire into southern Israel; this is collective punishment and prohibited under international law. Over 80% depend on food aid. The severity of the situation has increased dramatically since Israel imposed extreme restrictions on the movement of goods and people in response to the Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007, indiscriminate rocket… (read more) The current situation in Gaza is man-made, completely avoidable and, with the necessary political will, can also be reversed. We call on you to urge the Israeli government to Total Signatures:
The Desired Outcome of this Petition:
-- immediately lift the blockade
-- allow unhindered passage into Gaza of sufficient quantities of fuel, electricity, building supplies and other necessities
-- allow those who want to leave Gaza to do so, notably patients in need of medical treatment not available in Gaza and to allow them to return to Gaza after
1.5 million Palestinians, the entire population of Gaza, is trapped and being punished for the actions of armed Palestinian groups responsible for rocket fire into southern Israel; this is collective punishment and prohibited under international law. Over 80% depend on food aid. The severity of the situation has increased dramatically since Israel imposed extreme restrictions on the movement of goods and people in response to the Hamas takeover of Gaza in June 2007, indiscriminate rocket… (read more)
The current situation in Gaza is man-made, completely avoidable and, with the necessary political will, can also be reversed. We call on you to urge the Israeli government to