NI sol­diers protest at ‘witch-hunt’

Daily Express - - FREDERICK FORSYTH -

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.”

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