18 Aug 2022

No British soldier ‘should be above the law’ -Sinn Fein Councillor Paul Fleming

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming  has said that no British soldier should be exempted from the due process of the law. Mr Fleming was commenting after reports that the British Defence Secretary may be set to announce new measures to protect British soldiers and veterans from prosecutions. Initial reports have indicated the new laws will not apply in the North of Ireland but Paul Fleming warned that any attempt to create immunity for the British Army was wrong. “No British soldier should be above the law and whether crimes have been committed in Ireland or Iraq, those crimes should be investigated and those responsible held to account. “Sinn Féin has rigorously opposed any and every attempt to introduce a statute of limitations or immunity for crimes committed by British soldiers in Ireland. We have stood in support of victims and and will continue to do so. "Regardless of whether these reports are accurate the British Government know that extending these proposed protection to the north simply would not be tolerable or acceptable. “However, it should not be tolerable anywhere and these measures give an indication of the British Government’s attitude towards justice and the criminality and murder carried out by their forces and proxies. "They may well return to it so it is crucial to keep opposing all attempts to provide immunity to British soldiers and to support the legacy mechanisms agreed at Stormont House as the best way of dealing with our past,” he said.

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