One soldier to face prosecution — Bloody Sunday

Elias Hubbard
March 14, 2019

Bloody Sunday was one of the darkest episodes in Northern Ireland's Troubles.

The North's Public Prosecution Service has been looking at the case of 18 soldiers - one of whom has since died.

Politicians Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill (left), Elisha McCallion, MP for Foyle, (centre) and SDLP's Colum Eastwood (right) join families before a march through the Bogside in Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, ahead of an announcement over the prosecution of 17 former British soldiers and two former members of the Official IRA in connection with the events of Bloody Sunday in the city in January 1972.

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.

Prosecution Service lawyers are due to meet the victims' families in Londonderry on Thursday and tell them if the soldiers will be put in the dock.

Following the publication of the Saville report in 2010, then prime minister David Cameron apologised for the Army's actions, branding them "unjustified and unjustifiable".

Victim's families said they were disappointed by the decision.

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Alan Barry, from the Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans campaign group, said he feared the paratroopers would face charges, accusing the justice system in Northern Ireland of being one-sided.

"I wish to clearly state that where a decision has been reached not to prosecute, that this is in no way diminishes any finding by the Bloody Sunday Inquiry that those killed or injured were not posing a threat to any of the soldiers".

"We recognise the deep disappointment felt by many of those we met with today".

"As prosecutors we are required to be wholly objective in our approach".

Papers before prosecutors included 668 witness statements and numerous photos, video and audio evidence. Her brother was just 19 years old.

"Justice matters to anybody", she said.

A silent crowd lines both sides of the road as the funeral procession of those who died Bloody Sunday passes, 02-02-1972.

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