Kieran Smyth was granted leave to seek a judicial review of the Secretary of State’s decision to revoke his licence.

It is claimed that it was unlawful to revoke his licence prior to a recommendation by the Parole Commissioners and that the Secretary of State wrongly appears to have suggested our client should be recalled for reasons of deterrence and to set an example.

Proceedings were issued in a bid to have the revocation quashed.

Following a hearing at the High Court Mr Justice McAlinden granted leave and listed the case for full hearing in February next year.

Solicitor Gavin Booth said: “We believe our client was unlawfully recalled to prison without good reason and we intend to challenge this fully.”