Dickson: Outcome of Downey case will cause further pain and hurt to the victims’ families

Alliance Justice spokesperson, Stewart Dickson MLA, has responded to the outcome of the John Downey case.

Stewart Dickson MLA said: “This judgement has clearly caused enormous hurt and bitter disappointment to the families and victims of the Hyde Park bombing.

“Alliance has consistently opposed any amnesty in respect of crimes committed during the Troubles. When the previous Labour Government was forced to abandon plans for “On the Runs” legislation which would have amounted to such an amnesty, we called for a clear and transparent system to deal with this issue which they failed to deliver.

“In light of this judgement, not only must the system be reviewed, but a full investigation is required into whether this case was an isolated error on behalf of the PSNI or whether other suspects may have been offered similar guarantees by the NIO on PSNI advice whilst still under suspicion or investigation for serious crimes, to prevent any other families being denied justice in this way and suffering the same heartache.

“My thoughts are with the victims’ families during this difficult time.”


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