Amnesties, Prosecution and Truth Recovery. Louise Mallinder Amnesties, Prosecution and Public Interest in Northern Ireland project. Project Background. Partnership between QUB Law School, TJI and Healing Through Remembering Funded by AHRC
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Amnesties, Prosecution and Public Interest in Northern Ireland project
“The likelihood of solving cases was clearly going to be slight. Witnesses would be old or dead. Exhibits, if still available, could be contaminated or inadmissible. Informants and agents would be in the mix; the original paperwork incomplete or missing... At the height of the Troubles, 497 people were murdered in one year. The forensic laboratory was blown up twice. Numerous police stations were blown up, stations housing much of the investigative material. ... The fact that evidential opportunities lost at the time would be hard to recover did not render the initiative worthless. We had to shift the focus to ensure that, mindful of our primary role as investigators, the driving force behind this initiative would be to deliver a meaningful outcome for the families.”
Sir Hugh Orde, 2009, on establishment of the Historical Enquiries Team