Administrative Scheme for the “On the Runs” Independent Review

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 12th September 2014.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon Independent, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reason she has declined to disclose the number of recipients of On-The-Run comfort letters who have fled the jurisdiction of the UK since her statement following the Hallett report on 17 July 2014; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

I am not aware of the whereabouts of any individual who received a letter under the ‘on the runs’ administrative scheme and who may have left the UK since the publication of the Hallett report. I am not therefore in a position to disclose the potential number of individuals concerned.

Decisions about investigation and prosecution in specific cases, including seeking an individual’s extradition where necessary, will be taken by the independent police and prosecuting authorities.

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