Gen Sir Nick Carter says he will stand by veterans facing ‘vexatious claims’ relating to the Troubles

The new chief of the defence staff, Gen Sir Nick Carter, vowed to fight against sweeping moves to prosecute British soldiers over their role in Northern Ireland.

He said individual soldiers involved in wrongdoing could not expect immunity but he was opposed to veterans being pursued by people with “vexatious claims”. He added: “That will not happen on my watch. Absolutely not.”

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