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UK confirms plan for statute of limitations on Troubles prosecutions

Northern Ireland secretary outlines proposals to end prosecutions relating to Troubles before 1998

Plans to end all prosecutions relating to the Troubles before 1998 have been announced by the UK government, which said it was a “painful truth” that criminal investigations were unlikely to deliver successful outcomes.

The current system for dealing with the legacy of Northern Ireland’s conflict had been continuing to divide communities and it was time to do something “bold and different”, said Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary.

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