Monday 21 October 2019

'Law must apply to everyone' - Corbyn backs charging soldier for murder over Bloody Sunday


‘Fair process’: Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
‘Fair process’: Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday said it is right that members of the British armed forces are held to account for incidents during the Troubles after a soldier was charged with murder over Bloody Sunday.

He said the "law must apply to everyone", and denied that there was a discrepancy between the investigations into soldiers after republican suspects were sent "comfort letters" offering effective immunity from prosecution.

One man, known as Soldier F, is to face trial for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney.

The news was met with dismay by many of the families of victims who had expected more prosecutions.

Speaking on Sky News' 'Sophy Ridge on Sunday', he said: "The law must apply to everyone, and I don't think we should have statutory limitations on this."

Mr Corbyn said: "We should have a fair and proper judicial process", adding what happened on Bloody Sunday was "awful and appalling".

He added: "I do think it's important to have the independence of a legal process, and there has to be an insurance that everyone has to abide by the law."

Pressed on whether it was fair given how those members of the IRA suspected of crimes were offered an amnesty, he said: "The Good Friday Agreement was important, seminal and complicated, but it does not provide complete immunity for everyone, it was never intended to."

Irish Independent

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