Bloody Sunday: One soldier to face prosecution

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 14, 2019

Sixteen other former soldiers and two suspected ex-members of the Official IRA, all of whom were also investigated as part of a major police murder probe, will not face prosecution, the PPS said.

The veteran, known as Soldier F, will face prosecution for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O'Donnell in Londonderry in 1972.

Just one soldier will face charges in relation to Bloody Sunday it has emerged.

Thirteen people were shot dead in Londonderry when members of the Parachute Regiment opened fire on civilians in 1972.

But the PPS decisions in respect of potential perjury charges will be announced at a later date.

Relatives of the Bloody Sunday families were visibly upset after learning of the prosecution decisions at a city centre hotel on Thursday morning.

He noted that today "will be another extremely hard day" for family members of the victims of the massacre and noted that he met with them personally "to explain the prosecution decisions taken and to help them understand the reasons".

British prime minister Theresa May
British prime minister Theresa May

The march had been banned by Northern Ireland's police and the British Army, but organizers wanted a peaceful demonstration, avoiding confrontation at the barricades with the well-armed soldiers.

Journalist and author Eamonn McCann, one of the march's organizers, remembers bullets flying, being forced to hide in the gutter and crawling away to escape.

The Bloody Sunday Memorial in Derry's Bogside, 06-04-2019. And it transformed Catholic opinion at the time.

The impact of the killings was an immediate accelerant for the violence that would claim 3,500 lives in the 25 years to the Good Friday peace agreement in 1998, McCann said.

Headed by Lord Saville, the inquiry lasted 12 years, with 435 days of oral evidence alone. It involved more than 2,000 witnesses, with an estimated 125,000 pages of evidential material considered.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron tells MPs in the House of Commons that the Saville Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday killings found the actions of British soldiers were 'both unjustified and unjustifiable, ' 15-07-2010.

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