Flawed plans to reinvestigate British soldiers over deaths during the troubles in Northern Ireland would lead to clear breaches of human rights laws, Ulster veterans warned yesterday.
They claim the policy discriminates against ex-soldiers and policemen in favour of terrorists.
Veterans said proposals unveiled by Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley earlier this year “risk creating another fiasco”.
Justice For Northern Ireland Veterans delivered a petition to the minister’s office, attacking the decision to pursue the troops who served their country in good faith.
Yesterday’s protest in Whitehall coincided with demonstrations at Army recruitment offices across the country aimed at warning potential recruits about the “betrayal”.
Hounded Former Regimental Corporal Major Dennis Hutchings, 77, who faces trial over a fatal shooting in 1974, said at a protest in Plymouth: “The Government has hung us out to dry. We’re in a situation where we’re being hounded by lawyers.
“Our message to would-be recruits is that this could happen to you in 20, 30, 40 years’ time or, as in my case, 44 years after the event.
“We’re not just talking about Northern Ireland but any conflict in which they serve.”
He added: “You could be like me and be pursued when you are in retirement for an incident over which you’ve already been investigated and cleared.”