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Pub bombs relatives: It is obscene.

Byline: MARTIN FRICKER

PROPOSALS to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles are "obscene", relatives of the Birmingham pub bombings victims said.

Julie Hambleton, whose sister Maxine was killed, criticised. the plans in a letter to the Prime minister.

She wrote: "If one of your loved ones was blown up beyond recognition, would you be so quick to agree to such obscene legislation being implemented?

"You would do everything in your power to find the murderers and bring them to justice.", which is exactly what we campaign for every day."

Twenty-one people were killed and 220 injured in the attacks on the Mulberry Bush and Tavern in the Town in 1974.

The city centre bombings remain the largest unsolved murder in British history. A botched investigation by West Midlands Police led to the 1975 convictions of the Birmingham Six, which were quashed in 1991.

The announcement by Secretary of State Brandon Lewis came after the PM promised to stop former servicemen being hauled to court for killings in Northern Ireland.

He told the Commons the statute of limitations would "apply equally to all

Troubles-related incidents.".

Ministers are also proposing an independent body to seek information about Troubles-related deaths.

Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Louise Haigh said: "Ministers appear to have concluded that the rule of law no longer applies."

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