Loyalist killer in OTR letters move

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A convicted loyalist double killer is set to use the IRA on the runs letters scheme as part of a renewed legal bid to be freed from jail, it emerged yesterday.

Robert Rodgers claims he suffered discrimination by being refused a Royal Prerogative of Mercy (RPM) while nearly 200 republicans received government assurances they were not facing arrest or prosecution.

Following revelations that emerged at the collapsed trial of Donegal man John Downey for the Hyde Park bombing, lawyers for Rodgers wrote to Secretary of State Theresa Villiers seeking clarification on what forms of “special dispensation” were available for terrorist-related offences.


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