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Brokenshire backtracks on legacy probe criticism

By Jon Vale

James Brokenshire has offered "very clear and unequivocal" support to Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), days after criticising investigations into Troubles-era murders.

The Secretary of State's comments came after pressure from MP Lady Sylvia Hermon, who urged him to place on record his confidence in the pair.

Mr Brokenshire wrote an in the Sunday Telegraph saying the system for investigating the murders was not working and was focused on soldiers rather than terrorists.

Speaking at Northern Ireland Questions, Lady Hermon said: "In dealing with the security situation, the Secretary of State will recognise how important it is that the Northern Ireland Office sends out a clear message that the rule of law prevails.

"So would he kindly take this opportunity to put on the record his full confidence in the independence and integrity of the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan, and indeed the DPP?"

Mr Brokenshire replied: "I am very happy to do so in very clear and unequivocal terms. It is essential that we uphold the rule of law without fear or favour, and I absolutely support the work of the police and of all of those (people) responsible for taking forward and seeing that those committing the acts we've just discussed this morning are held to account and brought to justice."

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