Interesting snippet via Mark Devenport on the one-sided investigation of the past. He quotes Kris Hopkins from NIO in a Westminster Hall debate yesterday…
“The almost exclusive focus on the actions of the state is disproportionate and must be challenged and redressed if we are to deal with the past in a way that is fair and balanced and allows victims and survivors to see better outcomes than the current piecemeal approach.”
The Northern Ireland Office minister argued that the creation of a new Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) would correct this imbalance.
Mr Hopkins said he believed the implementation of the proposed new body “will make the situation better for victims and survivors, and will be the only chance we have of prosecuting terrorists who murdered soldiers and police officers along with other innocent victims”.
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