The government is set to announce a statute of limitations, ending all lawsuits related to the unrest in Northern Ireland.
Described as a de facto amnesty for former British soldiers and former paramilitaries, the proposal applies to incidents prior to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
He is opposed by the five main political parties in Northern Ireland and by the Irish government.
The move was prompted by the government’s commitment to end the historic prosecution of soldiers who served in Northern Ireland.
But many victims say they can’t believe the veterans would want an amnesty that also applies to the very terrorists who murdered their comrades.
It has been 30 years since Kathleen Gillespie’s husband, Patsy, was murdered in a particularly brutal IRA attack.
They chained him to a van containing a bomb, held his family at gunpoint and ordered him to drive them to a military base.
The 1,200 pound bomb exploded at Coshquin’s base near the border, killing the father of three children and five British soldiers.
Kathleen said: “I feel robbed. I have this thing in my head that when an important person has been killed their case is investigated and their case is resolved.
“We’re just ordinary people, so it’s good to push ourselves to one side,” she added.
Thirteen civilians were shot dead and a 14th fatally injured when the British Parachute Regiment opened fire in Londonderry in January 1972.
Only one veteran has been charged with murder, but the case against ‘Soldier F’ was stopped last week by prosecutors.
Mickey McKinney, whose brother William was a …
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This notice was published: 2021-07-13 21:26:00