Nuala O’Loan said the proposals came as a ‘an extraordinary and terrible shock’ to the people of Northern Ireland.

O’Loan describes proposal for amnesty in North ‘unacceptable’

Former police ombudsman Nuala O’Loan has referred to as the British Government’s proposals for a so-called amnesty in Northern Ireland “unacceptable” and a “denial of the rule of law”.

She mentioned the plans for a statute of limitations have been a denial of justice.

Ms O’Loan was talking at a cross-community occasion, the place a gaggle of Troubles victims mentioned the Government’s legacy proposals.

She mentioned the proposals got here as a “an extraordinary and terrible shock” to the folks of Northern Ireland.

“They came in direct contradiction to all the promises which they have made,” she added.

“The proposals which we had for coping with the previous weren’t satisfactory, however they have been one thing, they usually did embrace investigation and the potential of prosecution.

“What seems to have happened is that the Government have bowed to a small but very powerful constituency, which had been lobbying for an end to all Troubles-related investigations.”

She added: “The Government’s proposals are unacceptable. The first is that they’re a denial of the rule of regulation.

“They contradict all the things we now have taught the world about justice and reality and felony process.

“The second is that the victims’ considerations will not be addressed in any respect within the proposals, regardless of the assertions of presidency.

“Amnesty is a denial of justice and it’s improper. The victims have been additionally not consulted.

“This proposal, which will take away all legal rights from all the victims in Northern Ireland and elsewhere of the Troubles, has never been subject to normal consultation.”