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Paramilitaries had been briefed on NI Troubles amnesty plan

Loyalists called for a cut-off date later than 1998, while republicans wanted other legacy mechanisms to stay

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NI Secretary of State Brandon Lewis

NI Secretary of State Brandon Lewis

NI Secretary of State Brandon Lewis

Loyalist and republican paramilitary representatives were aware of the Government’s plans for a de facto amnesty prior to the announcement by the Secretary of State on Wednesday after a series of briefings with intermediaries.

Loyalist paramilitary groups are said to be in favour of the Statute of Limitations but asked that the cut off date be later than 1998, while republicans had indicated they could agree to the amnesty but not the shutting down of all other legacy mechanisms, including Troubles inquests.


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