Lawyer: Why did OTRs sought drop from 75 to 16 in a year?

Solicitor John McBurney

Solicitor John McBurney

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A lawyer who has represented many victims of terrorism has raised concerns about revelations that the number of IRA fugitives being sought by police collapsed from 75 to 16 in the space of a year.

John McBurney said he was particularly perturbed by the apparent use of the “public interest” as an argument for prosecutors to drop certain long-standing cases where on the runs had been sought.

The solicitor, who has among his clients First Minister Peter Robinson, raised the issue after Tuesday night’s BBC Spotlight programme revealed that in 2007, at the start of the PSNI’s Operation Rapid, 75 individuals were confirmed by the Attorney General as being wanted. Two years later, that number had shrunk to 16


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