OTR legislation could release hundreds from criminal prosecution

Chris Thorton examines the scope of the proposed legislation to allow ‘on the runs’ to come home without prosecution (thought to number some sixty persons). In addition there is thought to be potential for hundreds of others to escape serious investigation if a ten year rule is enacted: “Last week Mr Hain first suggested a link between the OTRs legislation and the PSNI’s historic cases review, saying it ‘could be that people facing historic crimes could take advantage of the OTRs process’.”

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