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Family of Aidan McAnespie says no amnesty proposals can stop their case

Jul 16, 2021 07:07 By News Northern Sound
Family of Aidan McAnespie says no amnesty proposals can stop their case Family of Aidan McAnespie says no amnesty proposals can stop their case
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The UK government announced a plan to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles before 1998.

A solicitor representing the family of Aidan McAnespie says no amnesty proposals can stop their case.

On Wednesday, the UK government announced a plan to effectively end all prosecutions related to the Troubles.

Former Grenadier Guardsman David Jonathon Holden shot Aidan McAnespie dead close to a checkpoint at Aughnacloy on the Monaghan-Tyrone border on February 21st 1988, as he made his way to Aghaloo GAA grounds.

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Holden is currently before the Courts in Northern Ireland on a charge of manslaughter for the killing.

Last week, after the trials of Soldier F and Soldier B were halted, the Public Prosecution Service confirmed this case will still continue

In a statement to Northern Sound News on the back of the amnesty announcement, Darragh Mackin, a solicitor of Phoenix Law, who represents the family of Aidan McAnespie, said the prosecution of David Holden is a live matter before the crown court and there is an obligation to ensure it proceeds and concludes.

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He said no proposals can stop or deter that course, and the amnesty is just a proposal and not law.

Mackin continued that any attempt to legislate the proposals must be resisted at all costs, that they are an affront to justice, and can't be accepted by any right minded person.

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