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US NewsMay ‘blocked amnesty’ for Northern Ireland veterans

08:00  19 may  2019
08:00  19 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Defence secretary would extend veterans ’ amnesty to Northern Ireland .

Grainne Teggart, Amnesty International UK’s Northern Ireland campaigns manager, said: “We call on the UK government to ensure there are no barriers to justice for all victims of Northern Ireland ’s conflict and make clear there will be no amnesty for human rights abuses, including those committed by

May ‘blocked amnesty’ for Northern Ireland veterans © PA Soldiers take cover during Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972 (PA)

Theresa May personally blocked ministers putting forward  legislation which could have protected former soldiers from prosecution for alleged offences during the Northern Ireland Troubles, it has been reported.

The Prime Minister issued instructions that a consultation document on dealing with the legacy of the conflict should not contain references to “amnesties” or a “statute of limitations”, according to a leaked memorandum seen by The Sunday Telegraph.

It goes on to say that military veterans should be offered “equal, rather than preferential, treatment” relative to other groups covered by the consultation, which included terrorists.

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Government may exclude soldiers who served in Northern Ireland from amnesty . Defence secretary Penny Mordaunt said the British government was considering a proposal give veterans an amnesty from historical prosecutions after 10 years but said the change would not apply to

Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans , which has 22,000 members, has called for historical prosecutions Through cookies, certain personal data is collected and may be stored temporarily. In March, Northern Ireland 's Public Prosecution Service decided a former British Army soldier should

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Tory MP Johnny Mercer, who has campaigned to protect veterans from repeated investigations into historical allegations, described the memorandum as a “sucker punch”, saying he found the comments “genuinely appalling”.

“That troops, uniformed and sent by the Crown to an unpopular, difficult and bloody war, should not have the Government, at least starting, on their side is totally unacceptable,” he said in an article for the Telegraph.

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" Northern Ireland is the issue that caused it all". The Cabinet minister is also expected to reaffirm her commitment to derogating from the European Mrs May said at the time that the move should end an "industry of vexatious claims" which has seen veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan pursued through the

The Northern Ireland Office had e-mailed other departments some time ago and thought there were no objections. "If you introduce a statute of limitations which relates only to Northern Ireland and our troubled past, organisations like the IRA would then press for an amnesty for their members and we

The memorandum, dated March 2018, was said to have been written by Mrs May’s assistant private secretary.

May ‘blocked amnesty’ for Northern Ireland veterans © Provided by The Press Association Johnny Mercer said he found Theresa May’s comments ‘genuinely appalling’ (Stefan Rousseau/PA) It was sent to the Northern Ireland Office and Ministry of Defence as ministers and officials were drawing up a consultation document on “addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past”.

It stated: “The Prime Minister has decided that the consultation document should not contain specific reference to a ‘statute of limitations’ or ‘amnesties’, in line with government policy.

“The Ministry of Defence should work closely with the Northern Ireland office to ensure that their veterans package offers equal, rather than preferential, treatment relative to other groups or individuals affected by this consultation.”

A number of Northern Ireland veterans are currently facing charges, including Soldier F, who has been charged in relation to the killings of two protesters during Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972.

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Troubles investigations are skewed against veterans , May says. Apart from the blow that the UK’s international reputation would suffer, an amnesty for British troops would provoke a In fact, as Police Service of Northern Ireland figures show, the police are currently investigating 530 republican-linked

Earlier during Northern Ireland Questions, the Secretary of State said the status quo regarding the legacy of the Troubles "sees a disproportionate emphasis on the actions of the military and law enforcement". Karen Bradley added there is "very little emphasis on the actions of paramilitary

May ‘blocked amnesty’ for Northern Ireland veterans © Provided by The Press Association Penny Mordaunt has said she believes Northern Ireland veterans should be given greater protection (Stefan Rousseau/PA) The disclosure comes after new Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt last week announced plans for legislation to provide stronger protection from repeated investigations into historical allegations for veterans of overseas conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Under the proposals there would be a “presumption against prosecution” in relation to alleged incidents dating back more than 10 years, unless there were “exceptional circumstances”.

As it stands, the legislation will not apply to those who served in Northern Ireland, although in an apparent break with Government policy, Ms Mordaunt said she intended to find a way they could be afforded the similar protection.

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