Victims of IRA atrocities will continue taking legal action over the Government’s controversial On The Runs scheme despite a High Court setback, according to Willie Frazer.
The high-profile victims’ campaigner said the decision taken yesterday by Mr Justice Treacy – to adjourn a judicial review application from a pensioner who lost three family members in the Shankill Road bombing – was unlikely to deter others.
Elizabeth Morrison has taken the case in an effort to end the On the Run (OTR) scheme – and discover whether anyone suspected of the atrocity that claimed 10 lives has been issued with one of the so-called comfort letters.
The 79-year-old was not in court to hear the decision, but Mr Frazer said she would undoubtedly be disappointed the matter wasn’t progressed on the day.
Speaking immediately after the adjournment decision, Mr Frazer said: “The family will be very disappointed. This hasn’t closed the door but it’s causing a massive delay. The fact that he didn’t close the door is a good thing, but at the same time it is causing a lot of heartache to people who were hoping there would be a [judicial] review on behalf of one family.
“We will challenge this, and if this family is not successful then we will take another one.
“Maybe some of the Kingsmills families will have to look at the possibility too where there is evidence available.”
Mr Frazer said he had approached a Westminster committee set up to investigate the OTR scheme but had not yet been invited to give evidence.
“It is the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee who now need to hear people like ourselves to hear what we have to say. We have made submissions but they will not call us. We could predict this process as far back as 2001, that would allow them (terror suspects) to get off when they return, that they wouldn’t be arrested or prosecuted – and that is exactly what has happened.
“We didn’t predict a letter, but we predicted a process that would allow them to get off.”