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Killer wins legal bid to challenge return to jail

A convicted double murderer has won High Court permission to mount a challenge to being returned to prison.

Martin Corey was granted leave to seek a judicial review of the decision to revoke his licence over unspecified allegations that he was involved with dissident republicans.

The 61-year-old, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, received a life sentence in 1973 for the murders of two RUC men. He was released on licence in 1992, having served 19 years behind bars.

In April 2010 the Secretary of State ordered his recall on the basis of what his legal team have described as closed material. The revocation has led to a number of protest rallies and a campaign to have him freed.

Corey issued judicial review proceedings against the Independent Parole Commissioners.

His barrister, Karen Quinlivan QC, said it had been impossible to challenge the revocation order because of the undisclosed information.

The judge hearing the challenge ruled that an arguable case had been established on points related to an alleged lack of specificity. Mr Justice Treacy granted leave to apply for a judicial review and fixed it for a full hearing in March.

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