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Northern Ireland Troubles Amnesty plan is so flawed it’s hard to know where to start

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In releasing its contentious legacy proposals, the British Government has defied the law of political gravity in Northern Ireland and has succeeded — for the first time — in unifying all the leading political parties here against their outrageous plans.

Accompanying this unprecedented political unity, there has been a huge outburst of visceral anger by all sorts of victims’ groups and the relatives of those who suffered the murder of their loved ones during the Troubles, whether they were killed by soldiers, or paramilitaries.

Besides a general distrust of Boris Johnson, people realise that, by introducing a de facto amnesty for former members of the Army, as well as ex-paramilitaries, their basic right to justice through the courts will be removed.

Many people are aware that it is only in exceptionally rare cases that there would be an actual trial; nonetheless, they still do not want that theoretical possibility to disappear.

The families of victims see this as a point of principle that should be upheld, not compromised.

For most of us, justice has no time limit.

People also believe that Boris Johnson is engaged in a cynical political exercise, not designed to advance the interests of victims, or their families, but rather to protect from prosecution a tiny........

© Belfast Telegraph

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