'Political' Prisoners Hatch Jail Chaos Bid

The People (London, England), May 2, 2004 | Go to article overview

'Political' Prisoners Hatch Jail Chaos Bid


Byline: LIZ TRAINOR

PROVO and dissident factions in Maghaberry are working together on a detailed scam for full political status at the top security jail.

RIRA, CIRA prisoners and even four Provos on remand have set aside their ideological differences to hatch a plot to wreck the normal jail system.

Republican and loyalist paramilitaries have already won the battle for segregation at the jail and they're now housed in separate wings following riots earlier this year.

And now they're pushing for an all out return to the Maze-style system where paramilitaries had a free run of the prison and a return to paramilitary rank structure.

Republican factions who're housed on four wings in Roe House have drawn up an action plan which details the plot on how to bring the system down.

They include:

Prisoners bombarding the system with hundreds of petitions in the hope that over-stretched warders will cave in to demands that all requests should be channelled through prison OCs

Forming committees to discuss the progress of their plans

Delegating people to undermine different aspects of the system

Using loyalist prisoners as a threat in a bid to bring existing structures down.

Prisoners have already flooded the system with hundreds of petitions.

There are only 29 republicans in Maghaberry but they've already written 400 petitions in the past month to warders. That compares to only eight petitions from the rest of the 1,000 strong prison population.

And in one morning this week staff received 139 requests from 13 prisoners on one landing with one prisoner seeking 30 separate petition slips at one time. …

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