‘British Minister insulting victims with inquest claim’ - Dillon
The British Defence Secretary is insulting grieving victims
by describing their search for justice as an ‘endless fishing inquest circle’,
Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has said.
The party’s Victims and Legacy Spokesperson was responding
to the comments made by Ben Wallace in a media interview.
The Mid-Ulster MLA said: “As an ex-British Army officer, Ben
Wallace’s comments are perhaps not surprising but he is also a government
minister and therefore has an obligation to ensure that all are treated equally
under the law.
“Instead, with these comments he is again supporting
inequality in the law by suggesting that former British soldiers should be
exempt from justice.
“He was supported in this by the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson whose
party continues to peddle the myth that the legacy process is weighted against
former British soldiers.
“That is an insult to the grieving families of those
murdered by the British State and it’s proxies in loyalist death squads.
“Those families have fought for decades to achieve some
semblance of truth and justice. Some of them are only just securing inquests
now so for the British Defence Secretary to describe that as an ‘endless
fishing inquest circle’ is highly insulting. The only thing that’s endless is
the continuous regurgitation of this nonsense by successive British Ministers.
“It was also the DUP who repeatedly insisted during
negotiations that there could be no amnesties for anyone. Perhaps they should
outline exactly when and why this policy changed?