Crumlin Rd Jail escapee Martin Meehan arrives  Belfast court in Army personnel carrier. After escaping from jail and a period in the Rep of Ireland, he returned to Northern Ireland, where he was arrested on 9 Aug 1972. Charged with escaping from lawful custody he successfully argued that under the Special Powers Act a British soldier had no power of arrest and as such was awarded £800 in compensation for being illegally detained for2 3 days, and the government were forced to amend the Special Powers Act to legalise the detention of others held under the Act. He was also charged with IRA membership and received 3 year sentence to become the first person to be convicted of the offence. He was imprisoned in Long Kesh, and released on 4 October 1974. Flg his sentence he was interned without trial. He was the last internee to be released after internment had been abolished. 197208000514<br />
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Crumlin Rd Jail escapee Martin Meehan arrives Belfast court in Army personnel carrier. After escaping from jail and a period in the Rep of Ireland, he returned to Northern Ireland, where he was arrested on 9 Aug 1972. Charged with escaping from lawful custody he successfully argued that under the Special Powers Act a British soldier had no power of arrest and as such was awarded £800 in compensation for being illegally detained for2 3 days, and the government were forced to amend the...
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