Belfast Telegraph

Army veterans raise cash for film about IRA campaign

By Allan Preston

Soldiers facing prosecution for their actions during the Troubles are raising funds for a hard-hitting documentary about the IRA.

The campaign group Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans has appealed for £50,000 to commission The Great Betrayal, which promises “to expose those who never faced prosecution and escaped justice”.

The group claims Army veterans have been subject to a “politically driven witch-hunt” as investigations into Troubles deaths continue.

Over half the target has now been raised following a £25,000 donation from Conservative Party donor Christopher Mills, a multi-millionaire.

“It is an honour to help such a worthy cause,” Mr Mills, who founded the private equity firm Harwood Capital, told the Daily Telegraph.

A further £5,000 has been raised through an online funding page started by former soldier Alan Barry, who served here during the Troubles.

He promised the film would “not pull any punches” and would go into “graphic detail” about “the true nature of the IRA”.

“The Great Betrayal will expose those who never faced prosecution and escaped justice,” he said.

Dennis Hutchings, a 76-year-old former soldier from Cornwall, will face the courts this year charged with the attempted murder of vulnerable Catholic man John Pat Cunningham (27).

Mr Cunningham, who had a fear of anyone in uniform, was shot in the back and killed as he ran away from an Army patrol near Benburb, Co Tyrone, in 1974.

“I would like to see this film happen,” said Mr Hutchings.

“It has got to happen. If it doesn’t, nothing will get done about our plight.”

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