What were the letters sent to On-The-Runs?

  • Around 200 so-called letters of assurance were sent to fugitive Irish republicans telling them they were not wanted by British authorities
  • The letters were sent to sustain the Northern Ireland peace process
  • A senior police commander told MPs that 95 of the people who received letters were linked to 295 murders during the Troubles
  • The prosecution of a man accused over the 1982 Hyde Park bombing collapsed when it emerged he had been wrongly sent a letter of assurance in 2007

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On The Runs inquiry finds system flawed but not unlawful

A controversial Government scheme that assured around 190 Irish republicans they were not wanted by UK police was "systematically flawed" but not unlawful, a judge-led inquiry had found.