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Main parties' immunity idea going nowhere

THE dictionary defines an amnesty as "a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment (law) a warrant granting release from punishment for an offence".

It defines immunity as "the state of not being susceptible, the quality of being unaffected by something".

Can anyone possibly highlight a fundamental difference between them?

I note that the DUP MP, Sammy Wilson, has said he is prepared to accept immunity if, in specific cases, this is supported by the victims, who want to know what happened to their loved ones.

Given that most victims have come out emphatically against the plan, I think there will be few people who take the DUP (and presumably Sinn Fein/IRA) up on this.

SAMUEL MORRISON

Dromore, Co Down

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