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British Government must implement legacy agreements - Dillon

6 September, 2017 - by Linda Dillon

Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has again called on the British Government to implement agreed mechanisms to deal with the legacy of the past.

The party’s Victims spokesperson was speaking after British Prime Minister Theresa May said that investigations on legacy cases would need to ensure that British soldiers were not “unfairly treated or disproportionately investigated.”L

Linda Dillon said:"

"Claims that investigations into legacy cases are “disproportionate” are untrue. PSNI figures show that just 30 percent of their investigations are into state forces and PPS figures reveal that seven republicans were prosecuted as opposed to just three soldiers.

"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. There was nothing proportionate about their actions."

"There is no witch hunt. It is due process. British soldiers acted with impunity and any attempt to provide immunity to British soldiers and others who either directly, or indirectly through collusion, killed citizens is entirely unacceptable.

"Mechanisms to resolve the past and provide those bereaved with a process of truth recovery were agreed at Stormont House. That agreement is the way forward and it should be implemented. "Sinn Féin will continue to support the families who are being denied truth.

"I'm calling again on the British Government to honour their obligations, end their veto on disclosure to families and release the funds to the Lord Chief Justice in order to carry out legacy inquests.” 

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