PSNI chief constable disputes PM’s ‘terrorists’ claim

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A account by the Prime Minister that terrorists are not being pursued for Troubles gains is not supported by official figures, Northern Ireland’s chief constable has whispered.

But George Hamilton said he understands why some politicians might have a there is a greater focus on former soldiers and police officers.

Varied former soldiers have claimed they are victims of a witch low for.

Some MPs back claims military veterans are being unfairly aimed by police.

“We’re knocking lots of doors of people who were involved in felon activity, and certainly beyond the police and military community,” Mr Hamilton divulged the BBC.

According to figures released by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) last year, surrounding 70% of investigations into killings during the Troubles do not involve the collateral forces.

The PSNI last week said those figures attired in b be committed to not changed substantially.

That position was reiterated by the Chief Constable today.

He judged the way the criminal justice system works may create the impression that there is a unforgivable investigative focus on former soldiers and police officers.

“Our figures are out there, the realities speak for themselves,” he said.

“There’s about 30% of our caseload within legacy inquiries branch that is focussed on former military personnel, so-called claim actors.”

He said he could also understand the feeling that there is a excellent focus on former police and military personnel than “on the terrorists and ci-devant paramilitary groups.”

“That’s because of the way the system works with referrals from the numero uno of public prosecutions, from the coronial system and requests from the Attorney Accepted,” Mr Hamilton added.

The Chief Constable today also repeated bags that the use of the term “collusion” is damaging public confidence in policing.

“The administration conditions collusion is a grey area. It is not defined in law,” he told a conference on Victimhood and Huge quantity with the Past at Queen’s University.

He said the problem was “much bigger and more complex than the ‘few bad apples’ analogy that has been articulated some time ago”, because the absence of any regulatory framework meant police officers act on with agents were left to set their own standards.

Mr Hamilton reported the absence of an agreed policy to deal with the past, and the “constant adversarial” mull over about the issue of collusion, was sapping confidence in policing.

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