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'May’s Legacy claims exposed by leaked briefing’ - Dillon

18 June, 2018 - by Linda Dillon

The British Prime Minister’s claims about the unfairness of legacy investigations have been exposed as false by her own government’s briefing notes which were accidentally leaked over the weekend, Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said.

The Sinn Féin Victims Spokesperson was commenting after an embarrassing breach saw a press notice issued to journalists which still had attached confidential briefing notes intended for British Secretary of State Karen Bradley.

Linda Dillon said: “Quite apart from the fact that a government which can’t even put an email out without making a mess of it is also trying to take us out of the European Union, the briefing again exposes the inaccurate and damaging claims which Theresa May made about the legacy process.

“Her remarks that the only people being investigated over conflict-related deaths are British armed forces and police officers caused deep offence and are patently untrue as evidenced by the official statistics.

“Now her government’s own confidential briefing reveal that they know her claims as false. They state clearly that a number of non-state investigations are already underway and that the Historical Investigations Unit will examine more deaths of state forces than those caused by them.

“This directly contradicts what Theresa May told the House of Commons, yet she has still failed to withdraw remarks which caused great hurt to many victims’ families.

“The briefing also reveals that any veteran of state forces facing an allegation will receive full legal support and representation including the services of a barrister. This support will be provided for a long as necessary and comes regardless of the nature of the allegation or the length of time the veteran served.

“That hardly sounds like a process that is unfairly weighted against State forces so, again, I would call on Theresa May to finally do the right thing, withdraw her comments and put the record straight.” 

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