‘Abandoning legacy investigations would be a betrayal of victims’ - Dillon
An appeal by four former British Secretaries of State to abandon legacy investigations would be a betrayal of victims, Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said.
The party’s Victims spokesperson commented: “This appeal from members of the House of Lords for legacy investigations to be abandoned in favour of compensation payments completely misses the point because victims are entitled to both.
“Throughout the course of the Legacy Consultation Sinn Féin met with victims and survivors from right across society.
“They repeatedly told us to leave all options open in their search for truth and justice. Their views cannot be disregarded and to do so would be a betrayal.
“The families are not naive and have stated repeatedly that even where there is no expectation of prosecution the investigative process for them is as much about establishing the truth of how their loved ones died.
“Some of these families have been waiting nearly 50 years for the truth about what happened to their loved ones and this letter signed by four previous British Secretaries of State is proposing closing down that option to them.
“The mechanisms agreed at Stormont House are key to addressing the legacy of the conflict here and they must be implemented in a human rights compliant manner.
“Sinn Féin will continue to support all families in their continuing campaign for access to truth and justice.”