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Arrest IRA OTRs

Theresa Villiers said no one would be arrested unless new evidence came to light. That doesn”t wash with victims, what about the old evidence I asked. Anyway this is me presenting her with new evidence about an IRA on the run who was involved in Kingsmill so we want him arrested.

Theresa Villiers, Willie Frazer

Theresa Villiers, Willie Frazer

The victims are for Stormont

For once they are going to listen to us instead of those who made us victims in the first place. Dozens of victims will travel to Stormont  Tuesday 11th at 11am to meet parties about letters, dirty deals and negotiations. “We are demanding to know what was negotiated regarding on the runs and what has been negotiated for all British victims of the IRA,”

IRA Victims

IRA Victims

“The Secretary of State says that the on the runs (OTR) scheme has been stopped. But in our recent meeting Theresa Villiers told me it will not be withdrawn but that nobody will be getting any more letters.

“But what use is that to victims of terrorism? The horse has already bolted – there is no point putting the door on now.”

TUV leader Jim Allister yesterday echoed Mr Frazer’s concerns.

“It’s simply not good enough to say that no more of these letters will be issued,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee last night failed to publish its terms of reference for its investigation into the OTR letters scandal. The details had been expected in the public domain by last night.

It is understood the committee had been working on finalising the details for most of the day but that reaching agreement took longer than expected because they were working remotely and not meeting in person.

Chairman Laurence Robertson MP had previously criticised the judicial inquiry commissioned by the Prime Minister on account of the fact that it was to be held in secret, would have no power to compel witnesses to attend and would be “too narrow” in scope.

The committee, by contrast, will hold its hearings in public, have power of parliamentary summons and will, he says, go deeper in its investigations.

The News Letter understands that the government had asked the committee to withhold publication of its terms of reference until it made a significant announcement about the judicial inquiry, an announcement now expected next week.

However, the committee had intended to publish in advance of the government announcement.

No letters, just more pain.

There are no letters for these people, no amnesty, no apology and the horrible pain of loss continues. The facts remain that the OTR system is still fully operational and the letters have not been withdrawn, they are going to be reviewed. Its a fair assumption that after the elections in May a judge will rule that the worthless bits of paper in IRA mens pockets are not as worthless as they were before the elections, a judge will have to find them legal and binding.

This dirty deal was done behind closed doors but still legal, and the  carefully  planed choreography over the last few days suggest that some hope this will be an end to the OTR saga with the main players all emerging unscathed.

IRA VICTIMS Hillsborough Castle

IRA VICTIMS Hillsborough Castle

This photo is us today at Hillsborough Castle still fighting for justice, just hours later our name, “victims” is being bandied on the steps of Stromont by the DUP who have never even met most of the people in this photo. As usual IRA victims, their families and supporters in every corner of Ulster don””””””””t count, all that matters is keeping Stromont afloat.

The first 30 seconds of this video will tell you all you need to know about the shameful Good Friday Agreement. Whilst this lady, an IRA victim breaks down OTR IRA killer John Downey is having a homecoming party at the Lagoon restaurant with 500 terrorist supporting friends including Gerry Kelly. The venue is known for its tasty sizzling steaks also promises buffets of vol-au-vents and chicken wings. What have we let happen to Northern Ireland?