The arrest and remand of John Downey is an act of gross bad faith by the British Government which again gives lie to claims by British Prime Minister Theresa May over legacy investigations, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Raymond McCartney has said.
The Foyle MLA said:
“The allegations against John Downey have already been dealt with and the British Government has publicly stated that he is not wanted in connection with any offence.
“This was asserted in the courts.
“John Downey has been a supporter of the peace process over many years and to pursue his arrest and extradition now is vindictive and bad faith.
“It breaks commitments given by the British Government and is an effort to overturn the court’s findings.
“It also again gives lie to claims by British Prime Minister Theresa May that the legacy process is skewed against former state forces.
“This false assertion is motivated only by a desire to secure immunity and impunity for British state forces guilty of crimes in Ireland.”