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N. Ireland leader threatens to quit after IRA bomb trial collapse

Published on Feb 27, 2014 12:05 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson threatened to resign Wednesday unless there is a judicial inquiry into the aborted trial of a man suspected in a 1982 IRA bombing in London.

Mr Robinson said the British government had kept him in the dark on the issue of secret amnesty letters given to fugitive suspects - the issue that caused the high-profile Hyde Park bombing trial to be abandoned.

A judge on Tuesday ruled that John Downey, 62, should not be prosecuted for the attack after it emerged he had received an official letter in 2007 assuring him he would not face prosecution if he re-entered the United Kingdom.

The letters were part of the 1998 Good Friday agreement that ended decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

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