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Pardons for desertion should be extended

In the 1980s, I did my inadequate best to defend a soldier facing a court martial for desertion.

The soldier (now deceased) was convicted and dismissed "with ignominy". This precluded him from any state employment.

This man surely deserves a pardon, too (News, May 8).

At least he did not desert in wartime and enlist in an army that might very easily have invaded his country.

CAPTAIN PADRAIG LENIHAN (Retd)

Galway

Belfast Telegraph


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