Karen Bradley comments offensive and outrageous – Michelle O’Neill

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle O’Neill has said comments by British Secretary of State Karen Bradley about killings carried out by the British state were outrageous. 

Michelle O’Neill said: 

“The remarks by British Secretary of State Karen Bradley that killings carried out by British state forces were not crimes were outrageous and offensive. 

“It follows on from comments by the British prime minster indicating that the British government is planning legislation to protect serving and former British soldiers who may have committed crimes. 

“These comments are an insult to families who have lost loved ones at the hands of the British army, state agencies and their proxies in the loyalist death squads which were directed by the British state. 

“They will add to the injury caused to these families by the British government’s continued attempts to block access to truth and justice. It is a further alienation of families who have already suffered awful tragedies. 

“Karen Bradley’s comments also show contempt for the legal system, including ongoing court cases into legacy cases involving the British state and its forces. 

“British politicians cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the legal system. 

“No one can be above the law and bereaved families, some of whom have been campaigning for almost five decades, are entitled to access to truth and justice. 

“These offensive and hurtful comments should be withdrawn immediately.

“The British government should implement the legacy mechanisms already agreed rather than attempt to continue to thwart justice.”