Victims ‘robbed’ of government plan to end historic prosecution in Northern Ireland UK News

The government is ready to announce a statute of limitations that effectively ends all prosecutions related to Northern Ireland’s problems.

Described as a de facto amnesty for former British soldiers and former paramilitaries, the proposal applies to incidents prior to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

It is opposed by all five of the main political parties in Northern Ireland and by the Irish Government.

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Many victims say they can not believe that veterans want an amnesty that also applies to the very terrorists who murdered their comrades

The movement is driven by a government promise to end the historic prosecution of soldiers serving in Northern Ireland.

But many victims say they can not believe that veterans want an amnesty that also applies to the very terrorists who murdered their comrades.

It’s 30 years since Kathleen Gillespie’s husband Patsy was assassinated in a particularly brutal IRA attack.

They chained him to a van containing a bomb, kept his family under fire, and ordered him to drive it to a military base.

The 1,200-lb bomb exploded at Coshquin base near the border, killing the father of three and five British soldiers.

Kathleen said, “I feel robbed. I have this thing in my head that when it’s an important person who’s been killed, their stuff is investigated and their stuff is fixed.

“We’re just ordinary ordinary people, so it’s okay to push ourselves to one side,” she added.

Thirteen civilians were shot and a 14th fatally wounded when the British Parachute Regiment opened fire in Londonderry in January 1972.

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Only one veteran was charged with murder, but the case against ‘Soldier F’ was stopped last week by public prosecutors.

Mickey McKinney, whose brother William was one of the victims, feels an amnesty only adds to the pain of Bloody Sunday.

For forty-nine years his memories of January 30, 1972 have been vivid, and he is strongly opposed to any restriction in Northern Ireland.

He recalled: “We were trying to escape the effects of the gas and I remember turning around and watching Paras enter.

“I do not trust the British government. Would you trust them if they murdered your brother and told lies about him?”

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis is expected to confirm the plan in a parliamentary statement.

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