16 February 2017
DUP Lagan Valley candidate, Brenda Hale, has welcomed the decision by the Government to close down the Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT) and says it sets a clear precedent for Northern Ireland.
Brenda Hale said;
“I welcome this move by the Government to close down the Iraq Historic Allegations Team. It became a process that was abused with a litany of false allegations against our servicemen and women. This led to them being wrongly hounded by those who mouthed human rights but were playing a different game.
The closure of IHAT sets a clear precedent for Northern Ireland. Those who served in the security forces in Northern Ireland deserve the same protection and respect as those who served in Iraq have been belatedly given.
Many of those who served in Northern Ireland with the Armed Forces and RUC GC are now elderly or retired, and it is not acceptable that they should have inflicted upon them a vindictive philosophy which seeks to whitewash its own crimes, whilst heaping suspicion and misinformation on others.
The DUP will continue to defend those who defended us in Northern Ireland.”