Prosecuting ex-soldiers who served during the Northern Ireland Troubles is biased and unjust

I signed this letter in The Telegraph today:

Prosecuting ex-soldiers who served during the Northern Ireland Troubles is biased and unjust

SIR – We write to express our dismay at the prospect of former soldiers being charged with murder arising out of the Northern Ireland Troubles. We believe this is totally unjust and a betrayal of those men, many of whom are now in their twilight years, who served the Crown in the Troubles where the enemy wore no identifying uniform and mingled with the crowd.

In January 2017, the Prime Minister stated that: “The Government has always acknowledged an ongoing duty of care to former soldiers.” Yet that duty seems only to extend to the provision of legal help. The Prime Minister also admitted that “there is an imbalance in the investigations and cases relating to the Troubles”, with legacy-related cases almost exclusively focusing on the military and police, “while many hundreds of unsolved terrorist murders are left uninvestigated”.

But while the forces of the Crown maintain records, the IRA has none, so this imbalance can never be rectified. 

Your report that some relatives of those killed on January 30 1972 do not wish to see these men jailed adds further powerful argument for the Government to stop wringing its hands an intervene to halt this inhumane action by the state.

Iain Duncan Smith MP (Con)
General Lord Dannatt
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (Con)
General Lord Ramsbotham 
Mark Francois MP (Con)
Adam Holloway MP (Con) 
Col Bob Stewart MP (Con) 
Sir Henry Bellingham MP (Con)
Leo Docherty MP (Con) 
Sir Julian Brazier
Richard Drax MP (Con)
Sir Gerald Howarth
Johnny Mercer MP (Con)
Sheryll Murray MP (Con)
Richard Benyon MP (Con)
Crispin Blunt MP (Con)
Sir Michael Fallon MP (Con)
James Gray MP (Con)