Ex-soldaat vervolgd voor doden bij Bloody Sunday
March 14, 2019 -
Een voormalig Brits soldaat wacht rechtsvervolging voor twee beschul-
digingen van moord en vier voor poging tot moord bij de schietpartij
van Bloody Sunday in Londonderry, Noord-Ierland, in 1972.
The former soldier, identified as soldier “F,” was a member of the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment sent to the protest in Londonderry on Jan. 30, 1972. The veteran 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.
Sixteen other soldiers under investigation will not face prosecution in the shootings, which took place at the height of the unrest in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.
The charges follow a decade-long investigation that concluded soldiers killed 13 unarmed demonstrators protesting Britain’s detention of suspected Irish nationalists. But the results of the inquiry that concluded in 2010 could not be used in any prosecution, and Thursday’s charges resulted from a separate police investigation into the incident.
The victims’ families have called for justice, while supporters of the soldiers say it is unfair for them to face charges decades after the events.