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DUP support for British amnesty breaches agreement' - Sinn Féin

6 November, 2017 - by Linda Dillon


Sinn Féin has accused the DUP of directly contravening the Stormont House Agreement by supporting a bid to protect British soldiers from prosecution for crimes committed during the conflict here.

The party’s Victims and Legacy spokesperson Linda Dillon was speaking after DUP MPs Emma Pengelly and Jim Shannon agreed to present a Private Westminster bill, which would set a ten-year limit on court proceedings against current and former members of the British armed forces.

“This so-called ‘statute of limitations’ would rule out any prosecution of British soldiers for crimes committed during the conflict here.

“The decision of the DUP to support it is in direct contravention of the Stormont House Agreement which ruled out any amnesties and instead provided a range of mechanisms to deal with the past.

“During the Stormont House talks, the DUP were adamant that there could be no amnesty, yet now they are clearly seeking immunity for British forces alone.

“That is simply unacceptable. British forces were directly involved in state sponsored killings and also in a campaign of systemic collusion and state-sanctioned executions through surrogate unionist death squads.

"Sinn Féin will continue to support the families who are being denied truth and we will never acquiesce to any measure which would provide immunity to British soldiers. They acted with impunity throughout the conflict. They cannot be allowed to act with impunity now.”

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