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Bloody Sunday Troops Face Murder Arrests

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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.

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ewoud k (68)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 3:34 am
Some wounds in society are hard to heal. Maybe this investigation and the trial that will logically follow will help bringing durable peace to this region.:

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.

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.

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”.

Recent history isn't over, we're till in it.

ewoud k (68)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 6:13 am
To those who might think that 40 years after it's of no (or very little) use to do investigations like this one and send retired men to court:

Fights between religions, even inside the frontiers of a country, and even fight inside a religion just based on different views on funding texts, are as old as religion itself.

Add to this difference in religions/beliefs a struggle between the "Haves" and the "Have-nots", and you find yourself with a civil war like the one that really devastated Northern Ireland in our young years (or, for the young-ones amongst you, in your "recent-history books" and a certain U2 hit/clip) and occupied the front pages for years.

These civil wars, even if they're "just" called "riots" or "terrorist acts" cause real harm to society, even after they're officially declared "ended", as there remain numerous unanswered questions on specific events.

To bring peace to the people that were involved, got killed, got wounded or even just got traumatised, even old events should be investigated and, if necessary, be brought to court.

Looks like this is going to happen, finally (at least concerning Bloody Sunday) some 40 years after. Late, but not too late. Lot's of people around at the time are still there, and need to know to be able to clear things out in their heads.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 10:20 am
Thank you Ewoud. I had heard this was going to come about and see it is. Having Irish heritage as well as native this was always something that was known, the troubles past and present. In any case much of my family lived in "southie" or South Boston, the Irish enclave. So much going back and forth across the waters......

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 1:22 pm
Better late than never? Though I'd much rather have seen the prosecutions go against the Officers who ordered the troops and the politicians who created the disastrous policies that caused the whole incident.

ewoud k (68)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:32 pm
Well Alan, if it comes to a trial my guess is that the defense will try to get the blame taken away from their clients, arguing they were following orders, in which case the higher level will enter the case.

IF the soldiers did fire on their own initiative the circumstances that lead to their acts will be brought forward, and so indirectly the situation as a whole will be -I guess- discussed.

We'll have to wait and see how things will develop.
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