Beattie welcomes PPS decision to review decision not to prosecute attendees at Bobby Storey funeral

The Ulster Unionist Party’s Justice Spokesperson, Doug Beattie MC MLA, has welcomed the announcement that the PPS is to review its decision not to prosecute any of the 24 Sinn Fein members who had been under investigation for potential covid breaches last June at the funeral of IRA terrorist Bobby Storey.

Doug Beattie said:

“I welcome the announcement of this review, and indeed yesterday I wrote to the DPP requesting one on behalf of my constituents who have been materially affected both financially and emotionally by the original decision not to prosecute.

“The PPS decision not to prosecute has huge ramifications for those that did adhere faithfully to the regulations. Emotionally many of my constituents have been affected by this decision and many have also been affected financially.

“I believe the original decision was flawed and I will await with interest the findings of this review.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the original decision did great damage to the confidence in the PPS and the local justice system. In any democratic society that purports to operate within the rule of law, the law must apply equally to everyone without exception. Nobody in this society can be off-limits in any investigation, whether that be the President of Sinn Fein or a humble Ulster Unionist MLA from Upper Bann.”

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