NI soldiers protest at ‘witch-hunt’
ARMY veterans will protest today to demand MPs end a “witch-hunt” of soldiers who fought during Northern Ireland’s Troubles.
More than 300 ex-soldiers are living with the threat of being tried for events dating back to the 1970s.
Many are gathering in Parliament Square to call for a 10-year time limit on prosecuting members of the military.
The Private Member’s Bill, which is being put forward by Tory MP Richard Benyon, will be
debated today. Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans, which is organising the event, hopes more than 500 people will attend.
The group says lawyers are taking advantage of a legal aid “gravy train” to bring cases against troops.
Co-founder Alan Barry said: “It is a politically motivated witch-hunt.
“There is a gravy train of legal aid and firms are taking it for millions.
“In 1998 more than 300 terrorists were released as part of the Good Friday agreement.
“But we are excluded from the immunity.”