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Sir Max Hastings raps probe

By Claire McNeilly

Terrorism and military expert Sir Max Hastings has slammed a controversial police investigation into 302 kilings by the Army in Northern Ireland as a "monstrous injustice".

The former editor of the Daily Telegraph who, as a reporter, covered the early days of the Troubles, said it was wrong that former servicemen "who did their duty under the Union flag all those years ago" could have their actions brought under scrutiny in a legal inquiry.

"It is bad enough that such terrorists as Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have waxed fat for so long at our expense since their retirement from the killing game," he told the Daily Mail.

"But it becomes intolerable when past crimes of the IRA and Protestant paramilitaries remain largely unpunished, while the actions of the security forces in uniform are subjected to yet another dreary and costly official inquiry process."

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