SINN FEIN leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness want US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to back a lobby calling for Marian Price to be freed.
The senior republicans have written a letter of appeal to US political leaders to support calls for the release of Marian Price McGlinchey, according to the party’s newspaper An Phoblacht (Republican News).
Sinn Fein President and North Louth TD Gerry Adams is visiting the USA and Canada this week.
In their letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Congressman Peter King (Chair of the Congressional Friends of Ireland), and Richard Neal (Democratic Party leader on the Friends of Ireland Committee), and other senior figures, the Sinn Féin leaders urge US figures to join the lobby of the British and Irish governments.
They describe Marian Price McGlinchey’s imprisonment as “a serious case of injustice and denial of human rights and judicial rights in the North of Ireland”, adding:
“We believe that her detention is unjust and runs contrary to the principles of natural justice. She has been detained without trial on the basis of secret reports by British intelligence agencies.
“Everyone is entitled to due process and to a fair trial. Mrs Price McGlinchey has been denied this, representing, in our view, a serious breach of her human rights.
“We believe very strongly that Marian Price McGlinchey should be released. Her human rights have been breached.
“She has been denied justice and due process. She is seriously ill. Her detention undermines the justice system and the political process. She clearly presents no threat to anyone.”
Price McGlinchey Price, 58, the former Old Bailey bomber, is ill in a Belfast hospital after being in virtual solitary prison confinement.
She is currently awaiting trial accused of addressing a meeting in Derry in support of a proscribed organisation.
However, doctors have claimed she is unfit to face the charge.