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Bradley must stop interfering in the judicial process – O’Neill

22 November, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said British Secretary of State Karen Bradley must retract her ‘disgraceful’ comments before a Westminster committee when she suggested that families seeking inquests were part of ‘the problem’ and stop interfering in the judicial process.

She said that the British Secretary of State also claimed she was ‘outraged’ by the legal pursuit of former British State forces, in comments that Michelle O’Neill branded “highly offensive and traumatic to families of victims”.

Michelle O’Neill commented: 

“The comments by Karen Bradley are entirely unacceptable and a fundamental breach of her government’s supposed support for the legacy proposals agreed at Stormont House.

“The British Secretary of State needs to clarify if she is rowing back from commitments made on legacy by the two governments and the political parties in the Stormont House Agreement. 

“I have written to the British Secretary of State telling her that she should immediately retract these damaging and false claims which have caused distress and offence to many families.

“Families seeking the right to an inquest are not the problem. The problem is that the British State continues to deny families access to the truth and to due legal process.

“Karen Bradley may well be outraged about but her anger is centred on the fact that State forces might actually be exposed and held accountable for crimes they committed during the conflict.

“Her suggestion that the judicial system is biased against British state forces is absurd and she must stop interfering in the judicial process.”

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