Government Accused Of 'Rancid Backstairs Deal' Over Historical Investigations

There are plans for a commission to examine every fatality in Northern Ireland since 1968 (Picture: PA).

MPs have hit out at the Government following reports that plans to protect armed forces veterans from prosecution will not apply to Northern Ireland.

The Government faced accusations of making a "rancid backstairs deal" with Sinn Fein, as MPs lined up to call for better protection for ex-servicemen and women from "vexatious attacks" and being pursued through the courts.

Mark Francois dubbed proposals to re-investigate every fatality during the Troubles from the late 1960s onwards as "IHAT mark two", after the controversial Iraq Historic Allegations Team investigation, which was shut down over fraudulent claims of criminality by soldiers.

The Defence Secretary on Wednesday said she feared the Government was in danger of repeating the mistakes of IHAT with veterans of the Troubles, and that she believes additional protection for military personnel "should cover Northern Ireland".

Ms Mordaunt has signalled she intends to create a "statutory presumption" against prosecution of current or former personnel for alleged offences committed in the course of duty abroad more than 10 years ago.

Read more - FORCES.net

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