11/09/2005

OTR legislation revealed

I see that legislation pertaining to "On-The-Run" cases has been revealed, the proposals cover up to 150 people. They would have their cases heard by a special tribunal, and if found guilty would be freed on licence without having to go to jail.
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This legislation does not just pertain to republicans, it also involves Crown forces.

Sinn Fein MP Martin McGuinness said "We have to see all of this as part of a bigger picture... the peace process has transformed the lives of people in the north"

"What is the sense of people being pursued whenever everybody knows that as a result of the releases under the Good Friday Agreement they are not going to spend one day in prison."


I understand that these proposals will be painful for very many people and I believe that Republicans need to show sensitivity on this issue. That said I do believe that this was always going to happen as we have moved into a new period of conflict resolution on this island.

I support these proposals.

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