Ninety-eight per cent of Troubles victims 'killed and injured by terrorists' says the UUP's Doug Beattie
FORMER soldier and UUP assembly member Doug Beattie has claimed 98 per cent of victims of the Troubles were killed and injured by paramilitaries.
Mr Beattie, who has called for all victims of the Troubles to be catered for in any legacy agreement, said the "long awaited" legacy consultation... addresses a very small number of victims" because it only deals with fatalities.
The consultation is open for the next four months and will form the basis of the official government `legacy' approach.
The Upper Bann representative said an agreement should be "balanced, transparent justice for all, taking into account all those who were victims of the Troubles - not just fatalities."
"The investigatory mechanism of the legacy proposals - the Historical Investigations Unit - will examine 1,700 fatalities out of a total of over 3,500 deaths and it will, within this number, re-examine every killing by British military personnel and members of law enforcement agencies," he said.
"Yet, for some reason, it will not re-examine every killing where British military personnel and members of law enforcement agencies were the victims."
He said "many thousands of victims, mostly created by republican and loyalist terrorists, will never be given even the prospect of justice" because the PSNI "do not have the resources to examine the incident that has left them a victim of the Troubles".
Mr Beattie said he believed the state risked human rights breaches of "many thousands of victims" for failure to properly investigate their cases with the fatalities "a relatively small number" compared with the 40,000 injured victims.
"In terms of deaths, 90 per cent were the work of terrorist groups and 10 per cent the responsibility of the state.
"When you factor in the 40,000 victims who were injured but not killed, this would equate to 98 per cent of victims being due to terrorist activity."