Posted on August 13, 2018
Lord Brammall urged the government to stop what he called a “macabre charade” that could see soldiers facing legal action. Writing in the Daily Telegraph he said the PSNI are “harrying” veterans in a “desperate attempt to bring criminal charges”. He said he had warned against the questioning of veterans in a House of Commons speech eight years ago. He said: “It is… bewildering that the government has somehow allowed the Northern Ireland Police Service to resurrect the whole affair and to introduce this extremely lengthy and slow-moving questioning under caution of British soldiers.” “In the interests of justice, fair play and even-handedness, the government must, by whatever means, put a stop at once to this macabre charade.” MPs have called on the government to introduce a statute of limitations to end what they claim is a “witch hunt” against members of the armed forces. On Friday, the new head of the armed forces Sir Nick Carter said he would not allow British soldiers to be “chased” by people making “vexatious claims” about their conduct during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.