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Date Posted: 18:54:13 11/07/02 Thu
Author: IFC Update
Subject: Aidan Hulme

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From : "D. Fennessy"

To : "O'Doherty George"
Subject : PRESS RELEASE Severe Medical Neglect to Irish Prisoner at Belmarsh Prison, London
Date : Thu, 7 Nov 2002 15:12:28 -0600



PRESS RELEASE

Contact:
DEIRDRE FENNESSY

NATIONAL SECRETARY

THE IRISH FREEDOM COMMITTEE

P.O. BOX 11417

CHICAGO, IL 60611



PHONE: 312 560 9311

E-MAIL: deemail@msn.com






Severe Medical Neglect to Irish Prisoner at Belmarsh Prison, London


Thursday November 7, 2002

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Aidan Hulme (26) was arrested in Belfast in February 2002, and extradited to Britain to face charges of ‘Conspiracy’ relating to the arrest of his brother Robert in November 2001. Aidan was not sentenced and is presently being held on ‘Remand’, guilty of no offense, as a Category ‘A’ prisoner at Belmarsh Prison, East London. Aiden is being held under 22-hour lockdown in a windowless cement cell.



Aiden entered the prison on crutches and in great pain with severe injuries from a previous motorcycle accident. He had been receiving regular medical care in Belfast, including regular physiotherapy and pain management, prior to his internment at Belmarsh.



Since February Aidan has made repeated complaints relating to pain and discomfort. In July he was examined by prison doctors, who arranged to amputate his leg. He was prescribed anti-depressants. In August, a renowned London orthopedic surgeon visited Aidan and found that Belmarsh's care is "not comprehensive" and that "(corrective)surgery should not be delayed". (For details regarding the Medical Report please see contact information below). The surgeon offered to perform the operation to save Aidan’s leg, provided his immediate temporary release could be arranged.



On September 4th, bail was successfully applied for, and granted for September 20th. A hospital bed was reserved for Aidan for the surgery and recovery. A contingency condition to Aidan’s bail was imposed by the court, declaring that Human Rights groups supporting his case not publicize this pending release. All parties involved, including the Irish Freedom Committee, honored these terms.



On the evening of the 19th of September, Belmarsh Prison authorities telephoned Aidan Hulme's mother to inform her they would need 4,000 pounds sterling in cash by morning in order to transport Aidan to and from the hospital. This outrageous demand was met, with substantial help from supporters in the US, by the first week in October. Bail was once more granted, with the stipulation that Aidan’s release be "immediate".



Today, one month from the date of Belmarsh Prison's receipt of the cash amount of 4,000 pounds Sterling; and in contempt of a court order to release him; Aidan remains at Belmarsh Prison.



Despite the substantial cash payment demanded by the British Government to transport the prisoner to and from the hospital, and the arrangements made three months ago for Belmarsh doctors to amputate his leg; recent correspondence from the British Home Office claims that "Belmarsh Prison are not aware of any complaints Mr. Hulme has raised about his medical treatment".



Aidan Hulme today remains in great pain, and cannot walk without assistance. He has no access to braces or special footware to ease his mobility. He is not being treated properly for severe pain due to the extensive nerve damage, worsened by months of neglect. Regular physiotherapy, mandatory in injuries of this nature, has effectively been denied to him, with only two one-hour sessions allowed over the past nine months.







For further information, or for details regarding Aidan Hulme’s medical report, please contact:






Deirdre Fennessy

National Secretary

The Irish Freedom Committee

P.O. Box 11417

Chicago, IL 60611



e-mail: deemail@msn.com

phone: 312 560 9311



www.irishfreedomcommittee.net





ENDS

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