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Former paratroopers win Bloody Sunday court battle

Former paratroopers who face questioning over Bloody Sunday have won their High Court battle against being arrested and taken to Northern Ireland to be interviewed by police.

The ex-soldiers, who cannot be named, applied for a judicial review against the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The PSNI wants them taken back to Northern Ireland for an investigation into whether criminal offences may have been committed by soldiers who used lethal force on Bloody Sunday in 1972.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas described the case at a recent hearing as "a matter of great public interest".


Former soldier bailed in Bloody Sunday inquiry

Soldiers pictured during the riots on Bloody Sunday Credit: PA/PA Wire

A former British soldier arrested over the 1972 Bloody Sunday killings has been released on bail, pending further inquiries.

The unnnamed former paratrooper was held by the Legacy Investigations Branch, which is investigating the deaths of civilians as a result of the Londonderry shootings.

Thirteen demonstrators were killed, while a fourteenth died later.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the 66-year-old was initially arrested on suspicion of murdering three civil rights demonstrators in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday.

He is the first to have been arrested as part of the investigation

Bloody Sunday 'murder arrests politically motivated'

Richard Kemp, a former commander of British forces in Afghanistan who was a colonel in the Royal Anglian Regiment whose servicemen were involved on the day of the Bloody Sunday shootings said it was “disgraceful” that the troops faced arrest and potential prosecution.

Although I utterly condemn the unjustified killing that took place on Bloody Sunday, it is despicable that 41 years later law officers are planning to prosecute the soldiers involved for murder.

This ridiculous, politically motivated prosecution is not in the public interest and should not be permitted.

'Possible' Bloody Sunday troops 'may be prosecuted'

A source close to the police who has seen government files on the investigation surrounding the Bloody Sunday shootings told the Sunday Times (£) that interviews under police caution were "expected imminently". The spokesman added:

This is the beginning. It is the first time the soldiers will have been interviewed formally by police as part of a murder investigation. It is possible that some of the soldiers will be prosecuted.

For the investigation to be as comprehensive and effective as possible, police will be asking for public support in the form of witnesses who gave evidence to the Saville inquiry now making statements to detectives. This is because police are precluded from using Saville testimony in a criminal investigation.

Bloody Sunday killings were ruled 'unjustified'

Up to 20 retired British soldiers face arrest for murder over murder, attempted murder of criminal injury over the Bloody Sunday shootings, according to the Sunday Times (£).

14 people shot by the army in Derry as they attended a civil rights march in 1972. Credit: ITV News

The move comes three years after the £200m, 12-year inquiry by Lord Saville into the shootings produced its report.

Saville found that all those shot by paratroopers during a Catholic civil rights march in the nationalist Bogside area of Londonderry in January 1972 were unarmed, and that the killings were both “unjustified and unjustifiable”.

The judge concluded the army had lost control of the situation, that the soldiers had fired first and some of them had then lied to cover up their culpability.


Report: Bloody Sunday troops face murder arrest

Up to 20 retired British soldiers face being arrested and questioned by police for murder, attempted murder or criminal injury over the Bloody Sunday shootings more than 40 years ago, according to the Sunday Times (£).

Funeral procession of the 14 who died on "Bloody Sunday." Credit: PA Archive

The Ministry of Defence has started hiring lawyers who will represent the soldiers, most in their sixties and seventies, when they are questioned under criminal caution about their roles in the shootings.

Some of the soldiers who opened fire on marchers, killing 14, may face prosecution and a trial that will reopen wounds from one of the most notorious incidents in the history of the Troubles.

Bloody Sunday compensation offer 'an insult'

A solicitor for one of the families said the offer of £50,000 compensation to the families of those killed by British paratroopers during a civil rights march in Derry, in 1972, said the offer was derisory and an insult to those killed.

Kate Nash, whose brother William was killed and father Alex injured, said:

My brother cannot be replaced and all the money in the world won't bring him back.

Bloody Sunday families offered £50K compensation

The families of 13 people killed by soldiers in Northern Ireland on Bloody Sunday have been offered £50,000 each in compensation.

Paratroopers opened fire on unarmed civil rights marchers in Derry in 1972.

Thirteen others seriously injured have also been offered £50,000 each as part of a total compensation package from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) worth around £1.3 million.

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