‘British Minister insulting victims with inquest claim’ – Mickey Brady 

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

The British Defence Secretary is insulting grieving victims by describing their search for justice as an ‘endless fishing inquest circle’, Newry & Armagh Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said.

The Sinn Féin representative was responding to comments made by Ben Wallace in a media interview.

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He said, “As an ex-British Army officer, Ben Wallace’s comments are perhaps not surprising but he is also a government minister and therefore has an obligation to ensure that all are treated equally under the law.

“Instead, with these comments, he is again supporting inequality in the law by suggesting that former British soldiers should be exempt from justice.”

The local MP continued, “Ben Wallace was supported in this by the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson whose party continues to peddle the myth that the legacy process is weighted against former British soldiers.



“That is an insult to the grieving families of those murdered by the British State and its proxies in loyalist death squads.

“Those families have fought for decades to achieve some semblance of truth and justice.

“Some of them are only just securing inquests now so for the British Defence Secretary to describe that as an ‘endless fishing inquest circle’ is highly insulting.



“The only thing that’s endless is the continuous regurgitation of this nonsense by successive British Ministers.

“It was also the DUP who repeatedly insisted during negotiations that there could be no amnesties for anyone. Perhaps they should outline exactly when and why this policy changed?”

The Newry and Armagh MP added, “Regardless of what the DUP may want to happen, both they and the British Government need to know that any attempt to provide immunity or impunity for former British soldiers is completely unacceptable.”



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