Fresh call for clarity on Royal pardons

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers.

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There are fresh calls for answers over Royal pardons given to terror convicts after the Secretary of State said they had been granted in exchange for information, and on compassionate grounds.

Theresa Villiers also said that those who received the pardons should not be named, while Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly questioned why the public should need to know who such individuals are.

Ms Villiers made the remarks on a national radio show, broadcast last night, over a month after it was revealed that more than 350 criminals in Northern Ireland received pardons between 1979 and 2002 – although the figure could be higher, since 10 years’ worth of records have been lost.


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