Boris Johnson pledges to end 'unfair' prosecutions of Army veterans
9 days ago
Boris Johnson has promised to end the "unfair" prosecutions of Northern Ireland veterans if he becomes prime minister.
The Tory leadership front runner has given his backing to a public campaign supporting UK soldiers who served during the Troubles.
He joins fellow contender, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in making the pledge.
Mr Johnson told The Sun: "We need to end unfair trials of people who served their Queen and country when no new evidence has been produced, and when the accusations have already been exhaustively questioned in court.
"We must protect people against unfair prosecutions. And I will."
He also said he would appoint a Veterans Minister if he does become prime minister.
MP Johnny Mercer, a supporter of Boris Johnson, welcomed the news. He wrote on Twitter: "Extraordinary news to wake up to.
"For the first time in her history, the UK will have an Office for Veteran's affairs under the next prime minister.
"This week has seen the biggest shift in policy by any government towards her Veterans in decades. Like I said: we will get there."
The pledge comes as a number of Northern Ireland veterans face charges, including Soldier F, who has been charged in relation to the killings of two protesters on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972.
In May, the Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced plans for legislation to provide stronger protection from repeated investigations into historical allegations for veterans of overseas conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.