Law on army killers slammed

Campaigners are urging a change in the law to prevent soldiers convicted of rape, murder or torture from remaining in the British army.
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That is an awful lot of soldiers you will be removing!

Families of recruits who died at the notorious Deepcut barracks in Surrey last night joined supporters of the family of Belfast teenager Peter McBride to press for a legal 'loophole' to be closed.

At a meeting in London, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the killing, Paul O'Connor, of the Pat Finucane Centre, said: "The family can accept the release; what they have never accepted is that they (Wright and Fisher) remain in the British Army.

"While in jail they were visited by senior officers who encouraged them to remain loyal to the armed forces and said they would look after them."

He said the two soldiers were allowed back because of Queen's Regulations 9404 which states soldiers given a custodial sentence should be dismissed unless there were "exceptional reasons"

For exceptional reasons see, killing Paddies

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