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Republican Gabriel Mackle's early licence revoked

Gabriel Mackle's early release licence has been revoked
Connla Young

The Department of Justice has revoked the early release licence of a Co Armagh republican freed from prison in August.

Gabriel Mackle was detained at his south Armagh home on Thursday evening.

It is understood he was later transferred to Maghaberry Prison.

Originally from Tandragee, Co Armagh, he was jailed for eight years in April 2014 after pleading guilty to two charges of possessing explosive substances and possession of ammunition with intent.

The 44-year-old took part in a Republican Sinn Féin organised commemoration at Edentubber in Co Louth last weekend, during which he delivered an oration.

In March this year Mackle was placed in isolation at Maghaberry Prison after a dispute with other republican inmates.

His solicitor Fearghal Shiels said his client intends to fight his detention.

“He strenuously denies having breached any conditions of his license and his return to custody shall be vigorously challenged through the courts,” he said.

Republican Sinn Féin president Des Dalton described Mackle's detention as “internment”.

“Gabriel Mackle is being interned for no other reason than his adherence to his republican beliefs,” he said.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice said: “We do not comment on individual cases.

“Requests to revoke a license are independently reviewed by a Parole Commissioner, who will submit a recommendation to revoke/not revoke the licence to the Department of Justice.”

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