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‘Soldiers must face due process’ - Dillon

12 August, 2018 - by Linda Dillon


British soldiers must face the due process of the law for crimes committed during the conflict, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Victims, Linda Dillon MLA has told the annual Ballymurphy massacre commemoration. 

Speaking at today’s ‘March for Truth’, the Mid-Ulster MLA branded recent comments from the British Prime Minister and senior military figures as “offensive, insulting and demeaning to the memory of the deceased”.

She added: “The current campaign around the Statute of Limitations for British state forces is yet again adding to the distress of families.

“These soldiers like everyone else must face due process of the law and if they have done nothing wrong they have nothing to fear.  

“In fact if they have nothing to hide why don’t they co-operate fully with any investigation to clear their names?

“Why don’t the MOD co-operate with families and the Coroners Office to locate Paras that were involved in the massacre in Ballymurphy

 

“This brutal policy of execution, cover up and lies carried on over many years.”

Linda Dillon also urged the public to take part in the current consultation process on establishing the Legacy bodies from the Stormont House Agreement.

“I would appeal to everyone to engage with the consultation. It will be an opportunity to try to shape the legacy mechanisms and to do so based on your life experiences.

“Every story must be told right across the board.” 

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