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"Mr President, in my constituency of Northern Ireland we have an outrageous situation where the previous Labour Government of Tony Blair introduced a secret scheme offering so-called ‘comfort letters’ to IRA terrorists known as on-the-runs. This scheme was introduced at the behest of Sinn Fein and administered entirely for their benefit. It only came to light when the trial against a man accused of the London Hyde Park bombing collapsed because he had such a letter preventing him from prosecution. There is no evidence to demonstrate that knowledge of the process went beyond a clique of Republicans, their confidants and the government. It is time for truth and transparency. The First Minister in Northern Ireland has forced a judge-led enquiry into this scheme. The coalition government has stated that this scheme is over and will ensure that letters cannot be relied upon to avoid prosecution. The truth about a process which circumvented the UK Parliament and undermined the justice system must be exposed. On this European Day for Victims of Terrorism, the truth and ..."@en1
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