Detectives are to launch a murder investigation into the Bloody Sunday deaths of 13 civilians shot dead by British soldiers in Londonderry more than 40 years ago.
The probe will last at least four years and raises the possibility that former British soldiers – some now in their 70s and 80s – could stand trial facing criminal charges.
Thirty officers will focus on the actions of UK paratroopers following the findings of the £195million inquiry by Lord Saville which said none of those killed were armed and no warning was given before soldiers opened fire.
Last night a former Parachute Regiment soldier on duty at Bloody Sunday claimed ex-troops were being made ‘political scapegoats’. ‘It is an appalling betrayal,’ he said.
A total of 428 prisoners have been freed under the terms of the early release programme, including 143 who were serving life sentences.
Those released included Brighton bomber Patrick Magee; Sean Kelly, who was convicted for his part in the Shankill bombing in 1993 that killed nine Protestants; IRA man, Thomas Begley; Docklands bomber, James McArdle, and those convicted of the murder of Lance bombadier, Stephen Restorick, the last British soldier to be killed in the North. Also due for release is leading Loyalist, Torrens Knight, convicted of a total of 12 murders, including the those at the Rising Sun bar in Greysteel in October 1993.
LVF member, Norman Coopey, who was jailed for life for the abduction, torture and murder of James Morgan, a Catholic teenager from County Down, will also be freed.
The victim’s mother, Philomena, said that she dreaded ever meeting his attacker again, but she had to accept the release.
It seems that the only ones NOT to accept the ‘peace agreement’ is…well the Republicans.
I love the fact the original statements and enquires are being dumped and can’t be used!
Ignoring the fact the the PSNI say that they can’t physically put 300-DCs on the case for the moment, this is the final piece of the jigsaw for me.
The ‘why the IRA stopped murdering people’ jigsaw.
It seems clear that the British Government made a deal with them that, not only included the wholesale release of some of the most callous murderers known to British justice, the acknowledgement of the Seinn F (stops for a moment- breath Shijuro, breath…) politicians…
This was obviously on the table too.
So much for justice.
So much for the victims of the PIRA.
So much for this country.