Martin Corey (born c. 1950 at Lurgan) is a former Provisional IRA member. On 27 February, 1973, with Peter McVeigh and William Meehan, he ambushed members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Aghalee. One RUC officer, Constable Raymond Wylie, was killed instantly. Constable Robert McCauley died on 25 March 1973.
In December 1973, Corey and his accomplices were found guilty of both murders and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released in June 1992 but was taken back into custody on April 16, 2010, on the basis of "unspecified allegations that he was involved with dissident republicans." On July 9, Justice Treacy ruled that Martin Corey's human rights had been breached and he should be released immediately on unconditional bail. This was overruled by secretary of state Shaun Woodward, whose action was upheld by an appeal court.
When Corey was denied compassionate leave to attend the funeral mass for his brother in May, 2012, he successfully challenged the decision and was granted the leave on condition that two members of the Northern Ireland Assembly and his lifelong friend and official spokesperson Jim McIlmurray accompany him.
As of November 2013[update], Martin Corey continued to be held in Maghaberry Prison, while attempts to free him were continued. Northern Ireland's Committee on the Administration of Justice supports plans to take the case to the European Court, on the ground that "he is being held on the basis of secret evidence that he is unable to challenge, that is basically an affront to the rule of law..."
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1973. Martin Corey was charged with murder of two RUC officers and sentenced to life imprisonment.
1995. Corey commenced business as the parish grave digger.
2010. Re-arrested on 16 April and interned in Maghaberry Prison on the orders of Secretary of State Shaun Woodward.
2011. At a parole hearing in Maghaberry Prison in August, MI5 deposed that Corey was a threat to society. Parole was denied.
2012. At an April juridical review (in public hearing), a barrister stated Corey was observed in the company of known republicans, and had attended Bodenstown in County Kildare. The barrister likened Bodenstown to a London mosque, a gathering of terror suspects.
May 2012: Governor of Maghaberry Prison refused Corey leave to attend the funeral of his brother. He was eventually permitted to attend the Church service but not the cemetery for burial.
9 July 2012: Justice Treacy delivered his decision of the hearing of April/May. He ordered Corey’s immediate release, stating his human rights had been violated. Secretary of state Owen Patterson over-ruled the decision and cancelled Corey’s release. 10 July: Justice McCloskey refused to rule on the case and referred it to a court of appeal on 11 July, at which The Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan upheld the secretary of state's decision and ordered the case to be reheard with more closed files to be made public.
August 2012: The Prison Ombudsman determined that pieces of artwork confiscated from Corey by prison staff must be returned to him as they did not, as alleged, contain images that glorify terrorist activities.
August 2012: The annual parole hearing was postponed to 5 November, when it was further postponed indefinitely.
December 2012: Three Appeal judges upheld the secretary of state's overruling of Justice Treacy's order to bail Corey under human rights legislation. An attempt to take the case to the Supreme Court in London and access the European Court of Human Rights was refused by the High Court in January 2013, but Corey's legal representatives continued to explore means of obtaining his release.
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- Kearney, Vincent (2013-05-17). "Martin Corey lawyers compare his imprisonment to internment". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-11-01.