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John Kelly: Murdering Bloody Sunday soldiers should be in prison already


Published 21/10/2013

Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
A young Fr Edward Daly (now Bishop Daly) carries a blood-soaked hankie as he leads a group of men trying desperately to carry John 'Jackie' Duddy to safety. Duddy (17) was the first fatality of Bloody Sunday after being shot from behind by paratroopers
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings
A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
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Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. January 1972
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972
Bloody Sunday 1972
Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. 29.1.12
A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry
The memorial to the 14 people who died on Bloody Sunday in Derry rises from among the sea of umbrellas as all the families came together in an ecumenical service. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Civil Rights mark.The service included contributions from Father Michael Canny and Reverend David Latimer, left. Picture Martin McKeown. 29.1.12

The brother of a man shot dead on Bloody Sunday has said the soldier responsible for his death is a murderer who should already be languishing in jail.

On January 30, 1972, John Kelly's 17-year-old brother Michael was fatally injured as he stood in front of Rossville Flats in Londonderry when the Parachute Regiment opened fire on a civil rights march.

Fourteen people died and others were injured.

Last night Mr Kelly told the Belfast Telegraph he was delighted to see a report in a Sunday newspaper detailing how up to 20 retired soldiers are to be arrested and questioned by police in relation to murder, attempted murder and criminal injury.

Mr Kelly said this should have happened in 2010 following publication of the Saville report, which concluded that all those who died on Bloody Sunday were innocent victims.

"This should have happened directly after Saville, which proved our people were murdered," he said.

"In respect of Soldier F who killed Michael, he was responsible for four murders."

Mr Kelly (64), an education and outreach officer at the Free Derry museum in the Bogside, said DUP MP Gregory Campbell's statement about the matter, including that prosecution of the soldiers "could prove disastrous in how our society deals with the past," is without merit.

"He's talking a load of rubbish. It had nothing to do with the peace process, justice has to be seen to be done," Mr Kelly said.

"My brother is no different to anyone else murdered in the Troubles."

Mr Kelly said he believes the Bloody Sunday soldiers "should already be languishing in jail for what they did".

"It is ridiculous to have to wait this length of time," he added.

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