Making headway on ‘appalling legacy witch hunt’ against officers

12 February 2020

North Antrim MP, Ian Paisley, says it is clear that the campaign the DUP is leading against legacy provisions that would place former RUC officers in jeopardy is making good progress.

Mr. Paisley was commenting after The Sun newspaper told the Prime Minister to ‘put a stop’ to the betrayal and Mr Paisley raised it directly with the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

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Mr Paisley said:

“I and my colleagues have worked hard to convince fellow MPs and influential voices that what is proposed in the on legacy issues is an outrage, and The Sun agrees.

The vexed issue is around this provision of 'non-criminal police misconduct’ which could see former, even deceased, officers put in the dock for minor mistakes during investigations. Those who wish to distract don’t even realise that this was never any part of any agreement at stormont but has just been added into the debate by our enemies as if it is a fait accompli. 

More likely than not, findings of non-criminal police misconduct would open the floodgates to civil actions against retired officers. They would then have to fund their own defences out of their own pensions and savings with no help from the State.

This deficiency has got to be rectified. Along with colleagues, I intend bringing forward amendments when this Bill comes before the House of Commons. We want to have ’non-criminal police misconduct’ struck out but if it isn’t, then I believe the State has a duty of care to these brave men and women to pay for their defence in any civil actions.

These courageous people deserve no less. They most certainly do not deserve to be abandoned in order to satisfy a rampant republican agenda.

We are making headway and we will be doing all we can to stop this witch hunt in its tracks. We need to remember that 90% of the deaths in the Troubles were the result of paramilitaries, many of which have never been brought to justice."

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