“There will be no unfair prosecutions of people who served their country where there is no new evidence to bring forward” Boris Johnson
STORMONT’S new power-sharing deal strikes the right balance between supporting former soldiers and giving victims of violence the truth, Boris Johnson said.
Mechanisms agreed by the parties as part of the 2014 Stormont House Agreement are finally set to be implemented as part of last week’s accord. They include the creation of a Historical Investigations Unit to examine unsolved cases, an Independent Commission on Information Retrieval, and Oral History Archive. However, the Conservatives’ general election manifesto pledges that there will be no unfair prosecutions of former soldiers where there is no new evidence. Mr Johnson was asked about the potential contradiction by The Irish News at Stormont on Monday January 13th.
“I think that the parties here who have revived Stormont have done a very good job of finding a balance between giving people who are in search of the truth and the confidence that they need but also giving people who served our country in the armed services the confidence and certainty that they need,” he said. “We will certainly be going forward as a UK government with our manifesto commitment that you will recollect to ensure that there will be no unfair prosecutions of people who served their country where there is no new evidence to bring forward and I think that is the right balance to be struck.”
A UK government source acknowledged it would not be easy to balance the commitments made in the Stormont deal and the Tory manifesto. “I’m not pretending this is easy, it isn’t,” he said. We are fully aware we have two different commitments and we need to work our way through them.” British veterans minister Johnny Mercer acknowledged there would be “a lot of questions” around legacy issues but also insisted the government remained committed to protecting former troops from vexatious prosecutions.
With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story
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