Posted on May 16, 2019
Ms Mordaunt has signalled she intends to create a “statutory presumption” against prosecution of current or former personnel for alleged offences committed in the course of duty abroad more than 10 years ago.
The Ministry of Defence, however, says that would not apply to Northern Ireland, and in cases where there is compelling evidence.
“I do think it [additional protection] should cover Northern Ireland,” she said during a conference at the Royal United Services Institute. “The problem is that we have failed on the whole ‘lawfare’ issue because we have been waiting for other things to happen. This is not going to be resolved overnight. It is a priority of mine.” She went on to say: “It is a personal priority of mine that we get this resolved and we stop this chilling effect that is claiming veterans who really deserve our care.”
The legislation proposals will be subject to a public consultation.