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Government to introduce statute of limitations on Troubles prosecutions

Brandon Lewis to outline approach amid criticism that move amounts to amnesty for army veterans and paramilitaries

Ministers are expected to introduce a statute of limitations to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles before 1998 to stop Northern Ireland being “hamstrung by its past”.

Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary, will outline the approach in the Commons on Wednesday as government sources rejected claims it would amount to an amnesty for army veterans and paramilitaries.

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