On The Runs: ‘Ministers may have misled Parliament’

Nidel Dodds of the DUP

Nidel Dodds of the DUP

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Ministers may have misled Parliament over a scheme in which secret letters were sent to IRA fugitives telling them they were not wanted for Troubles crimes, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has said.

Mr Dodds said ministers may have made a number of misleading Commons statements about messages sent to around 200 IRA “on the runs” informing them that they were not wanted by police. The Government insist the messages did not constitute immunity from prosecution.

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) scheme emerged during the collapse of the trial of alleged Hyde Park bomber John Downey after police mistakenly sent him one of the letters even though he was sought by the Metropolitan Police.


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