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We're all equal before the law, even soldiers

Claims of a legal witch-hunt against former British soldiers who served during the Troubles in Northern Ireland were made during a rally of British Army veterans in Belfast (News, April 15).

The former soldiers claim there is a prosecutorial bias against colleagues over killings during the Troubles.

Secretary of State James Brokenshire also claims investigations into Troubles killings are disproportionately focusing on members of the police and Army.

This claim is without a shred of evidence or credibility.

The evidence suggests that the British Government's shelving of the in-depth investigations by John Stalker and Colin Sampson on the shoot-to-kill policy and the Stevens report on British security force collusion with loyalists, which resulted in countless killings, in fact shielded British soldiers and police from prosecution.

Further evidence of protecting security forces from prosecution can be seen in the withholding of files pertaining to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

Does Mr Brokenshire need reminding that British soldiers and police in the north were - and are - acting on behalf of the British state and are a constitutional arm of the UK Government and recognised as such internationally in law?

Those who opposed by force British rule in Ireland were not acting on behalf of the Irish people.

TOM COOPER

Chairperson, Irish National Congress, Dublin

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