A convicted double murderer has lost a Supreme Court challenge as part of his three-and-a half-year battle to get out of prison.
Martin Corey was seeking a determination on whether a High Court judge had jurisdiction to direct his release on bail.
A panel of five Lord Justices unanimously dismissed his appeal after holding there had not been power for such a move.
Corey, from Lurgan, Co Armagh, was given a life sentence in 1973 for the murders of two RUC men.
He was freed on licence in 1992, but in April 2010 former Secretary of State Shaun Woodward ordered his prison recall on the basis of closed material and unspecified allegations of involvement with dissident republicans. He has been in prison ever since.
His case was then referred to parole commissioners who refused to direct his release based on a perceived risk to the public.
In July last year he won a judicial review against that decision to keep him behind bars. But the Supreme Court has now rejected his appeal.