Monday, August 18, 2003

N. Ireland: Sinn Fein wants criminal records erased

Here is the story.
Sinn Fein has demanded that the criminal records of all 15,000 IRA members convicted during the Troubles should be erased. ... to help "reintegrate" terrorists freed under the Good Friday Agreement.

... The move has been condemned by Unionists as an attempt by republicans to airbrush their crimes out of history.

... The list would include Patrick Magee, the Brighton bomber, who tried to murder Margaret Thatcher, Sean Kelly, the Shankill bomber who murdered nine Protestants in a fish and chip shop, Lord Mountbatten's killers and the sniper gang convicted of shooting nine members of the security forces just before the latest IRA ceasefire.