Monday, June 15, 1998 Published at 16:55 GMT 17:55 UK
Over 400 prisoners qualify for early release
Northern Ireland minister, Adam Ingrams
There are more than 400 prisoners who may be eligible for early release under the Northern Ireland Sentences Bill currently on its way through the Commons.
Of the 402 prisoners serving sentences of five years or longer for terrorist offences, 129 are serving life sentences.
The figures were released by Northern Ireland minister, Adam Ingram, in response to a Commons written question.
Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, prisoners will be eligible for early release if they comply with the following conditions set by the Sentence Review Commission:
Under the terms of the Bill the Secretary of State for Nothern Ireland, Mo Mowlam, will judge which organisations shall be seen as 'terrorists' if they fall foul of one of the following criteria:
As well as the 402 prisoners in Northern Ireland there are also 20 prisoners, including seven serving life sentences, convicted of similar offences who have been transferred to jails in Northern Ireland from mainland Britain.
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