Publicado: Vie, Marcha 15, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Former British Soldier To Be Prosecuted For 1972 'Bloody Sunday' Killings

Former British Soldier To Be Prosecuted For 1972 'Bloody Sunday' Killings

Prosecutors said there is insufficient evidence to prosecute other former British soldiers or alleged members of the Official IRA over the events of Bloody Sunday.

Families of the victims walk through the Bogside before the announcement of the decision whether to charge soldiers involved in the Bloody Sunday events, in Londonderry, Northern Ireland March 14, 2019.

Reacting to the PPS decision to prosecute "Soldier F" for murder and attempted murder, founder of the Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans group, Alan Barry said: "It's one soldier too many as far as we're concerned".

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.

Kevin Mc Kinney's father Gerard was one of the men killed on the day by the soldier who is now deceased. However, much of the material which was available for consideration by the Inquiry is not admissible in criminal proceedings, due to the strict rules of evidence that apply.

Standing in the great throng outside Londonderry's Guildhall that fine June morning in 2010 when the Saville report was published, it was impossible not to be moved by the sheer joy of those who had campaigned for 38 years for the truth about Bloody Sunday.

Britain's Ministry of Defense said it would help defend the ex-soldier who will now face prosecution, while working to reform the system for investigating allegations of past misdeeds by the military.

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the UK Government would fund all of the former soldier's legal bills.

Afterwards, Mr Williamson confirmed the Ministry of Defence would support Soldier F and pay all legal costs.

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Former British Soldier To Be Prosecuted For 1972 'Bloody Sunday' Killings

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said it was important that no one said anything to prejudice the process following Thursday's decision, adding that his thoughts were with all of the families. We have cried out for them for many years, and now we have succeeded for them.

Sinn Fein's leader in Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill, and SDLP leader Colum Eastwood joined the families on the march. But they now face a separate, lengthy.

He continued: "The Bloody Sunday families are continuing on their journey for justice and Belfast will stand with them, the message to the British Government and its forces is very clear, justice will prevail".

A former British paratrooper has been charged for the killing of two unarmed protesters in Northern Ireland in 1972, in an incident that has become known as Bloody Sunday.

"None of the casualties was posing a threat of causing death or serious injury, or indeed was doing anything else that could on any view justify their shooting", the report said.

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.

But family members said they were deeply disappointed that more paratroopers will not be charged over the incident.

"We are indebted to those soldiers who served with courage and distinction to bring peace to Northern Ireland", he said.

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