Boris sent a warning to the British Army in the wake of the ‘disgraceful’ Northern Ireland legacy prosecutions.
PRIOR to the Government’s announcement on Wednesday that prosecutions of veterans who served in Northern Ireland will be dropped, a slew of ex-Army figures expressed their displeasure with the government’s handling of the crisis.
A group of former servicemen blasted the government in a letter handed to This website for failing to address the legacy prosecutions of British veterans for years, accusing Boris Johnson of betraying heroes who were willing to lay down their lives for the country. The letter was released ahead of a decision by the government on Wednesday, in which it promised to stop all prosecutions relating to the Troubles prior to 1998. Former veterans minister Johnny Mercer, on the other hand, condemned the recent decision as a betrayal, claiming that “a statute of limitations without qualifier is an amnesty.” Former IRA terrorists who killed British servicemen are also covered by the ruling.
“The last five years have seen a steady stream of investigations, prosecutions, and convictions of former and present service persons for suspected misbehavior in theaters of military operations,” the letter, which arrived before the judgment, said.
“No one should ever excuse service personnel who contravene national or international law on purpose. Those who wilfully commit crimes, knowing full well that they are doing so illegally and immorally, must be held accountable.
“However, we must categorically reject the prosecution of service members for actions performed in the course of their duties. We are particularly opposed to charges stemming from events in Northern Ireland.
“While there, our forces were operating under a government mandate, initially an order by Harold Wilson’s government to offer support to the civil powers – later the Emergency Powers Act 1926, revised in 1964, and activated by proclamation in 1974.”
“The events of so-called Bloody Sunday have been the subject of many investigations, including one that took 12 years and cost £400 million to complete. However, the events of that day featured a direct chain of command, beginning with the cabinet minister and descending to the local brigade commander, commanding officer, and company commander through the Senior General in the Province.
“Only natural justice dictates that individuals who are put in harm’s path by their country and under the commands of a chain of command receive reciprocal support and protection.”Brinkwire Summary News”.