Hallett report: Judge found two new errors with ‘letters of comfort’

Dead horses covered up and wrecked cars in Hyde Park after the 1982 IRA bomb. The case against John Anthony Downey, accused of the atrocity, collapsed, leading to the Hallett review. PA Wire

Dead horses covered up and wrecked cars in Hyde Park after the 1982 IRA bomb. The case against John Anthony Downey, accused of the atrocity, collapsed, leading to the Hallett review. PA Wire

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A judge-led review ordered after an IRA bomb suspect was wrongly given a government assurance he was not wanted by UK police has identified two other cases where similar errors were apparently made.

Lady Justice Hallett, who was asked by Prime Minister David Cameron to examine the administrative process for dealing with so-called ‘on-the-runs’, found systematic flaws in its operation but concluded it was not unlawful in principle.

The judge said the scheme agreed between the last Labour government and Sinn Fein was not well publicised, and effectively kept “below the radar”, but was not secret.

 

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