Terrorism: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters of comfort were sent to Sinn Fein politicians for onward delivery to persons believed to be "on the run" within the United Kingdom and outside the United Kingdom.

Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Lords Spokesperson (Northern Ireland Office), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

The total number of ‘on the runs’ considered by the administrative scheme and the outcome of their cases are set out in some detail in Chapter 7 of the Hallett Report. Lady Justice Hallett found that 156 ‘on the runs’ were sent individual letters between 2000, when the scheme was established by the previous government, and 2012, via Sinn Féin, informing them that they were not wanted.

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