Defence Secretary blasted over apparent amnesty suggestion for IRA...

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has secretly backed amnesty for IRA killers as the price for ending the witch-hunt of British troops serving in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.

He wants Theresa May to give UK troops who served in Northern Ireland a pardon to stop hounding them.

But he wrote 'so be it' if IRA terrorists were included, in a shocking letter to the Prime Minister seen by The Sun.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson wants Prime Minister Theresa May to give UK troops who served in Northern Ireland a pardon to stop hounding them

Mr Williamson wrote to Theresa May: 'If that means a wider amnesty, so be it.' 'Veterans need the protection of a statute of limitations for Troubles-related offences.

'In the public mind, the Good Friday Agreement, 'On the Run' letters and the apparent disproportionate focus of the investigation on security forces amount to a de facto terrorists' amnesty.' All 302 killings by troops during 30 years of the conflict in Ulster are being reviewed.

Some date back 40 years and critics say they are traumatising veterans now in their 70s and 80s.

Government lawyers warned protecting veterans from prosecution would fall foul of European Human Rights laws.

Last night Tory MP and former soldier Tom

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