New Defence Secretary: Veterans Will Not To Be Unfairly Pursued

Posted on May 10, 2019

Ms Mordaunt, who took on her role last week, said personnel should not be “victims of unfounded allegations”.

It comes after Tory MP Johnny Mercer withdrew his support for the government over historical prosecutions. He urged the PM to end the “abhorrent process” affecting some veterans. Mr Mercer has previously called for legislation to prevent anyone accused of crimes linked to the Troubles in Northern Ireland from being prosecuted.

But Sinn Féin’s Linda Dillon said there could be “no immunity or impunity for British forces guilty of crime, collusion and murder in Ireland. No one is above the law, all victims and survivors should have the same access to processes of truth and justice,” she said.

Six former soldiers are now facing prosecution over Troubles-era killings.
The cases relate to Daniel Hegarty; Bloody Sunday; John Pat Cunningham; Joe McCann (involving two ex-soldiers); and Aidan McAnespie.

Not all the charges are murder. The Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland said that of 26 so-called legacy cases it has taken decisions on since 2011, 13 related to republicans, eight to loyalists, and five are connected to the Army.

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