DUP leader Sir. Jeffrey Donaldson accuses Brandon Lewis of 'sacrificing justice' in name of Troubles amnesty

DUP Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP has said Government plans to introduce a statute of limitations for Troubles-related offences would be “rejected by everyone in Northern Ireland who stands for justice and the rule of law”.

By PA Reporter
Wednesday, 14th July 2021, 2:40 pm

Sir Jeffrey said: “The past is complex and we have always believed that any process to deal with the legacy of our troubled past should be victim-centred. Victims will see these proposals as perpetrator-focused rather than victim-focused and an insult to both the memory of those innocent victims who lost their lives during our Troubles and their families.

“Justice was corrupted in 1998 with the release of prisoners and then by Tony Blair’s on-the-run letters. Understandably many victims will feel that these proposals represent a further denial of the opportunity to secure justice for their loved ones.

“There can be no equivalence between the soldier and police officer who served their country and those cowardly terrorists who hid behind masks and terrorised under the cover of darkness. We find any such attempted equivalence as offensive.

Family members of Ballymurphy killings victims Eileen McKeown, daughter of Joseph Corr at Springhill Community House in Belfast, watching Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis in the House of Commons, London.

“The Democratic Unionist Party, both publicly and privately, has, and continues to oppose, any form of amnesty. Everyone must be equal under the law and equally subject to the law. We will oppose any plans that give an effective amnesty to those who murdered and maimed over many decades.

“We understand that with the passage of time the prospect of justice is diminishing for many but these proposals, if passed, will extinguish that flickering flame of justice completely and is a moral overreach that cannot be accepted.”