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DUP trying to scupper entire legacy process’ - Dillon

5 October, 2018 - by Linda Dillon

The DUP’s attempt to amend the definition of a victim and introduce an amnesty for British State forces is an effort to scupper the entire legacy process, Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said.

The Sinn Féin Victims Spokesperson was commenting after the DUP called on the British Government to bring forward a new definition of a victim. The party’s MP Jeffrey Donaldson also revealed that they expect Downing Street to produce new proposals to prevent current and former members of British state forces from being pursued for crimes during the conflict.

Linda Dillon commented: “There is a legal definition of a victim in place since 2006. It is agreed by the Victims Commissioner and the DUP should respect that rather than constantly seeking to redraw the definition in order to fit their narrative of the conflict and the past.

“Equally, any attempt to introduce a so-called statute of limitation to prevent the prosecution of British state actors will undermine the proposed new legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House.

“Everyone should be equal under the law and there can be no immunity or impunity for British forces guilty of crime, collusion and murder in Ireland.

“This would be an affront to the families of victims who are still seeking truth, justice and accountability for the death of their loved ones.

“The mechanisms agreed at Stormont House and the proposed new legislation are the best prospect of finding a way forward on dealing with the legacy of the conflict. 

“However, by pursuing such a partisan, self-serving approach the DUP are attempting to scupper the entire legacy process and, once again, failing victims from all communities.

“The British Government should not be serving that agenda and allowing victims to become the latest collateral damage of their toxic pact with the DUP.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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