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Loyalists didn't need OTR letter, they'd collusion

FIRST Minister Peter Robinson, speaking to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on the on-the-runs controversy expressed a view that the OTRs scheme was a dark chapter in Government conduct.

The OTRs scheme, said Mr Robinson, which benefited 228 republicans, was "inequitable" and "sectarian", in that it was a concession to republicans alone.

The reason that the "concession" to OTRs was confined to republicans was because most loyalist paramilitaries didn't need to go on the run; they had de facto immunity from prosecution.

Many were actively in collusion with the security forces of the State, confirmed by the Stevens, Barron and de Silva Reports.



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