North Antrim DUP MLA and Policing Board Member Mervyn Storey has reiterated the DUP’s opposition to the introduction of any amnesty which would protect perpetrators of terrorist crimes during the Troubles.
Responding to remarks made by the outgoing Chief Constable, Sir George Hamilton, on the matter of legacy, Mr Storey said:
“The DUP has consistently and clearly opposed the rewriting of our past and attempts to introduce an amnesty for terrorist organisations. This remains our unambiguous position.
“An amnesty would be a corruption of justice similar to the OTR letters and early prisoner releases.
“We have always fought to ensure that those who lost loved ones continue to have a right and route to justice. It is clear that the current structures are failing innocent victims. This needs to change. The fact remains that 90% of deaths were perpetrated by terrorists.
“It is also vital that perceptions of witch-hunts against veterans who bravely defended the community in Northern Ireland are properly addressed.
“Soldiers and police served professionally in very challenging circumstances and there is justifiable frustration at a grassroots level at the disproportionate focus on the actions of the state.
“We are supportive of means to support our veterans with historic cases but this cannot lead to an amnesty.’’