Sinn Fein refuse to give evidence to MPs’ committee on OTR letters

It was the collapse of the case against John Downey,accused of involvement in the Hyde Park bombing of 1982 (the aftermath of which is pictured here), that sparked the OTRs controversy.
He had recieved one of the so-called 'letters of comfort' assuring him he was not wanted for the crime.

It was the collapse of the case against John Downey,accused of involvement in the Hyde Park bombing of 1982 (the aftermath of which is pictured here), that sparked the OTRs controversy. He had recieved one of the so-called 'letters of comfort' assuring him he was not wanted for the crime.

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Sinn Fein has said it will not give evidence before a Westminster committee which is investigating ‘comfort letters’ for on-the-run republicans.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said that, although the party had nothing to hide, officials would decline invitations to attend a Northern Ireland select committee hearing in London this week.

The committee is investigating revelations made earlier this year that three British governments since 2001 provided 228 IRA on-the-runs (OTRs) with letters stating they were no longer wanted for past crimes.

 

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