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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.

TOM COOPER

Dublin

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