13/02/2012

Amnesties Suggested As Option In NI

An amnesty has been suggested as a way to deal with Northern Ireland’s troubled past.

According to NI’s Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson, it would be impossible to investigate all the murders from the Troubles. He believes that an amnesty is the best way to deal with the past.

Hutchinson said that the victims should have a say as to whether or not they might consider amnesty and that would be a conditional amnesty.

The Ombudsman said that he was not suggesting blanket amnesty but said focus on the victims and society needs, as opposed to a legal process that enriches people and revictimising people was needed in Northern Ireland.

This comes as concerns grow over the volume of cases being put to the Historical Enquiry Team and the amount of funding afforded to carry out theses investigations.

The HET was set up in 2005 to re-examine thousands of murders from the Troubles.

(LB)


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

12 April 2019
Alliance: Historic Abuse Victims Being Let Down By Stormont Impasse
The DUP and Sinn Fein's refusal to establish an Executive and restore power sharing is responsible for prolonging the suffering of victims and survivors of institutional abuse, Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw said.
20 March 2018
Unionist Calls On ECHR To Look Into Crimes Committed By The IRA
A unionist MLA has called on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to look into crimes committed by the IRA after the court ruled that men detained by the Army in Northern Ireland in 1971 did not suffer torture. The party's Justice spokesperson Doug Beattie MLA also slammed Martina Anderson's comments.
03 November 2017
Officer Disciplined After Driver Escapes Punishment In Crash
A police officer has been disciplined after a driver escaped punishment for knocking down a pedestrian. The incident happened in L'Derry in December 2015.
24 April 2018
Some 200 People Attend Vigil For Bangor Attack Victim
Up to 200 people have held a vigil in Bangor, County Down, following a vicious attack on a 16-year-old girl in the town on Friday, 20 April. The teenager was attacked by a number of other teenagers and left with severe facial and head injuries. She is continuing to receive treatment in hospital.
05 April 2018
Nearly Half Of Young People Experience Mental Health Issues
Nearly half of young people in Northern Ireland experience some kind of mental health issue, according to the latest research from the Prince's Trust. The new research reveals that young people fear for their emotional health more than ever before, as worries about the future, money and generally 'not being good enough' pile up on their generation.