Denis Bradley: Legacy commission should be chaired by former US president or senior US official
A LEGACY commission should be chaired by a former US president or senior US official, Denis Bradley said as he denounced the proposed amnesty for the UK government’s unrest.
Mr Bradley, one of the authors of a major report on dealing with the legacy of unrest, said he believed “someone with authority and independence” was needed to lead a commission overseeing inheritance matters.
Last night he suggested former US Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as possible candidates or Senator George Mitchell.
He said he believed the inheritance process should be overseen by “people completely devoid of any bias in the situation” and that the three top U.S. officials would be “independent and neutral and possess the authority necessary for a such role “.
“They are all great people, each one would bring authority and independence,” he told The Irish News.
âHe needs someone who has authority, who is independent and who cannot be put down too easily.
âAround these islands, a lot of people have too much baggage, and if the former US presidents have baggage, they are somewhat removed from the situation here.
“The person would need a power granted by both governments.
“They would also need full access to all documents and information and should have a team behind them who would bring in the required expertise, like judges, police, lawyers – people who are familiar with the issues here.”
Earlier this month, the UK government confirmed its intention to introduce legislation banning all lawsuits related to the unrest.
Boris Johnson said the legacy proposals would allow Northern Ireland to “draw a line under unrest”.
The proposals included provisions for a statute of limitations, a legal mechanism that would prevent future prosecutions against members of the security forces as well as former paramilitaries.
But Mr Bradley, who produced a report on legacy issues alongside former Church of Ireland Primate Dr Robin Eames, criticized the plan “because of the bias they took. presented “.
He told the BBC yesterday that the UK and Irish governments were “so badly tainted” that they should hand the process over to “an authoritative body which can really take this issue forward and ultimately bring it as much satisfaction as possible”.
Mr Bradley also called for giving victims “full access to all files, to all records and to all people who are ready to approach them and give all the information they have.”
He added: “The failure of the UK government to make the main problem with its presentation a major and major mistake and a major mistake.”