Terrorism

Home Department written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she became aware of the administrative scheme giving on-the-run republican terrorist suspects reassurances that they were no longer being sought for prosecution within the UK: and if she will make a statement.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

holding answer 10 March 2014

As has been made clear by the legal proceedings relating to Mr Downey, an administrative scheme was in operation from around September 2000. This scheme was devised by the previous Government and referred to by the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Lord John Reid, in a parliamentary question on 1 July 2002, Hansard, column 163W. The Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, assumed office on 11 May 2010 and was alerted following John Downey's arrest at London Gatwick on 19 May 2013.

This Government do not support an amnesty for people wanted by the police in connection with terrorist offences. The Prime Minister announced on Thursday 27 February that a judge would be appointed to provide an independent review of the administrative scheme by the end of May 2014. The review will produce a full public account of the operation and extent of the scheme.

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