Bloody Sunday: No More Charges Against Ex-Servicemen


Bloody Sunday is hunted through the streets of the camp

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Thirteen people were killed and 15 injured on Bloody Sunday

The Public Prosecution Service is adamant on its original decision to bring charges against more than one soldier in relation to Bloody Sunday.

It reviewed the cases of 15 veterans, who determined that no action should be taken against the previous year.

In January 1972, thirteen people were killed and 15 were wounded when the military opened fire on London civil rights protesters.

One person, Soldier F., remains the only personal facing court.

Some of the reviews were requested by the victims’ families.

His lawyers say they are likely to challenge the result through judicial review.

Taosich (Irish Prime Minister) Michel Martin said families should now be given space to challenge the verdict in the High Court.

Speaking in Dill on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Martin expressed his “deep disappointment” with the PPS decision and said it would “bring back pain and harm” for the victims and families of Bloody Sunday.

‘Completely fair’

No new evidence was presented for review and the Solicitors for Families sent detailed submissions to the PPS, stating the reason for the decision to be incorrect.

He believes that about 10 other soldiers should be tried for murder and attempted murder.

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PPS said the review was conducted by its senior assistant director, Marianne O’Kane, who was not involved in the first cases.

He saw the deaths of 10 victims killed on Bloody Sunday, along with 10 others injured.

“I conclude that the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable possibility of any of the 15 soldiers who were the subject of the reviews,” he said.

“Accordingly, the decisions are not to prosecute these 15 individuals.”

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Top row, left to right: Patrick ‘Paddy’ Doherty, Gerald Donaghey, John ‘Jackie’ Duddy, Hugh Gilmour, Michael Kelly, Michael McDade, Kevin McHaleney. Bottom row, left to right: Bernard McGinn, Gerard McKinney, William McKinney, William Nash, James Ray, John Young

“I know that today’s results will further upset those who have pursued a long and determined journey to justice for nearly five decades.

“I can only assure Bloody Sunday and all the families and victims of the wider community, that my decisions were made freely and fairly, and according to the Code for Prosecutors.”

‘Deeply disappointed’

Kate Nash, whose brother William was among those killed, said she would not give up.

“I am deeply disappointed that the correct decision has still not been reached after further review,” she said.

“I intend to move forward on what I am doing.”

His lawyer Deragarh Mackin said he would now seek a judicial review of the verdict.

“The issue of joint venture and conspiracy remains completely up in the air and allowed to decide on the actions of the individuals and soldiers who fell between the gaps of the gray area that had actually fired the fatal shot,” he said. .

“As we all know in the joint venture issue, where two or more individuals work collectively in a specific task, fees can be brought.”

‘Walking too long’

John Kelly, whose brother Michael was killed on Bloody Sunday, said he was “disappointed but not surprised by the decision”.

“We are not finished,” he said.

“Even though we have another knock, and we have for many years, we will continue to achieve truth and justice.”

“Michael was 17 years old, Michael cannot speak for himself. I will for him.”

SDLP leader Kolam Eastwood said the families would no longer be stopped.

“Those are the people who have done this very hiking, full of dignity and pride and are not hated by anyone”.

On Tuesday, Sinn Féin President Mary-Lou McDonald on the Taoisech with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to extend PPS’s decision “in their campaign for truth and justice” after another “very disappointing day for families” Called.

DUP MP Gregory Campbell said he was not surprised by the PPS decision. He also questioned the potential cost of judicial review.

“Does this mean there will be more trauma and delay for everyone involved?” He asked.

“What is the result going to be?

“I think more and more people will be saying how much it is going to move forward, because there are still families in Northern Ireland who are still grieving.”

The families also argued Soldier F., as he was known in the Bloody Sunday public investigation, should face more charges.

He is to stand trial in the 1972 murder of James Ray and William McKinney in Derry and is further charged with five counts of murder.

The four charges of murder relate to the injuries to Joseph Freel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell.

The fifth is related to unknown persons.

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