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Dissident back in jail as licence is revoked

By Suzanne Breen

Published 12/03/2016

A leading dissident republican has been returned to jail after having his licence revoked
A leading dissident republican has been returned to jail after having his licence revoked

A leading dissident republican has been returned to jail after having his licence revoked.

Tony Taylor was arrested at his home in Londonderry on Thursday and taken by police to Maghaberry Prison.

His lawyers have indicated that they will be challenging a detention they labelled "internment in all but name".

Taylor, who is a member of the ard chomhairle of the Republican Network for Unity group, was released from Maghaberry Prison in 2014 after serving a sentence for possessing a rifle with intent to endanger life three years previously.

He had been sentenced to three years in custody and four on licence for that offence.

The leading dissident previously served six years in the H-Blocks as a Provisional IRA prisoner during the 1990s.

A Northern Ireland Office spokesman said: "The independent Parole Commissioners recommended Mr Taylor's licence be revoked because of the risk he poses to the public. The Secretary of State subsequently revoked his licence."

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