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Sinn Fein's hypocrisy over 'political prisoners'

The distortion of the Good Friday Agreement by Sinn Fein's Caral Ni Chuilin (News, June 3) cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.

I read the Agreement before I voted for it and it certainly did not recognise IRA murderers as 'political prisoners' as claimed by Ms Ni Chuilin.

Ms Ni Chuilin: you and your adviser were not jailed because of your political beliefs, but because of the crimes you committed to further your desire for political power. You were politically motivated criminals and that is very different from being a political prisoner.

Murdering a young primary school teacher outside her church is a crime - not a political act. Saying that you just wanted to kill her father doesn't seem like much of an excuse.

People like me thought long and hard before we voted to release the killer gangs of the IRA and UDA. We did so as part of a pragmatic deal to encourage people like you to embrace democracy; to seek power through elections instead with violence.

Sinn Fein wastes no opportunity to rake over the past in an attempt to secure electoral advantage from any wrongdoing on the part of the security forces. It is entirely appropriate that the shameful past of those in government is exposed in the media.

Ann Travers has my sympathy; sadly, Sinn Fein will take years before they accept that the killings they supported in 1984 were just as evil as those carried out in 2011.

AJ CARTON

Belfast

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