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Brokenshire remarks disgraceful and dangerous - Kelly

23 February, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly


Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly said remarks from British Secretary of State James Brokenshire are an attempt by the British establishment to grant immunity to state forces involved in the conflict.

The North Belfast candidate said:

"Today James Brokenshire repeated the crass comments of British prime minister Theresa May that it is ‘appalling when people try to make a business of dragging our brave troops through the courts’.

"These remarks are dangerous and disgraceful and a clear attempt by the British establishment to grant immunity to soldiers who acted with impunity when it came to killing Irish citizens.

"Comments like this made by British ministers in parliament created an environment which saw the death of Human Rights Lawyer Pat Finucane.

"They are also an insult to those bereaved by British soldiers and their agents.

"Sinn Féin is clear that no one can be above the law and everyone should be held to account."

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