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'Fugitive law repugnant' say victims
Some relatives of terrorist victims have criticised government plans to allow paramilitary fugitives to return to Northern Ireland without serving a prison sentence.

A number of them travelled to Westminster on Wednesday to lobby against the "on-the-run" legislation.

HAZLETT LYNCH

This is offensive and unacceptable to victims.

This whole thing that is called, in other circles, political forgiveness, is repugnant to me.

When you look at international law, the situation is that for any government or any state to grant an amnesty to people who have been involved in war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, terrorism - that kind of thing - that they have to actually undermine international law in order to grant such an amnesty.

Hazlett Lynch's brother Kenneth was murdered by the IRA along with two RUC colleagues on 2 June 1977, near Ardboe in County Tyrone.

AILEEN QUINTON

I am in London with other victims' relatives to lobby against the legislation.
AILEEN QUINTON

Some things are so important that you just have to do them.

We are not looking for vengeance, we are not looking for sympathy, we are looking for justice and justice has to be the bedrock of any kind of peaceful or decent society.

Aileen Quinton lost her mother Alberta in the IRA's 1987 Enniskillen bombing.

MARGARET VEITCH

It just makes a mockery out of justice.

As far as I am concerned, my father and mother were murdered - and murder is murder.

I think that the people who get off with it - why should they bother to come across and owning up to what they have done?
MARGARET VEITCH

If they admit to the crimes they have done and murders they have committed, they are going to wipe the slate clean and they are going to walk away.

They will still have got their lives.

Margaret Veitch lost both her parents, William and Nessie Mullan, in the 1987 Enniskillen bombing.




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