Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Gang laws lined up for Bloody Sunday paratroopers

An injured man receiving attention  on Bloody Sunday.
An injured man receiving attention on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march through the city.
Bloody Sunday 1972
JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY
Bloody Sunday. A number of civilians arrested by the Army are marched in a line, with their hands on their heads, through the Bogside. 31/1/1972
Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.
Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
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. 30/1/1972
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972
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.
Bloody Sunday. 30.1.1972
Bloody Sunday. Funerals. 2.2.1972
Bloody Sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march through the city.
General Sir Robert Ford, Britain's Commander of Land Forces in Northern Ireland, pictured on July 3, 1972
Bloody Sunday when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march. PACEMAKER PRESS
Bloody Sunday: Up to 20 soldiers still face being formally questioned by police for alleged murder, attempted murder or criminal injury during the notorious incident
30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.
A scene showing British paratroopers near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.
A man receiving attention during Bloody Sunday.
Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Paul Doherty in front of an image of his dying father Patrick Doherty who was shot on Bloody Sunday.
Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.
Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings
Bloody sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march
Bloody Sunday - when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights marc. PACEMAKER PRESS
PACEMAKER BELFAST - FLASHBACK - Bloody sunday in Derry 1972 when members of the parachute regiment opened fire on a banned Civil Rights march through the city.PICTURE CREDIT PACEMAKER PRESS
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
An injured man receives treatment on Bloody Sunday. Survivor and campaigner Johnny Duddy has died aged 87
Lord Saville
A Republican mural is seen on the side of a house in the Bogside are of Derry, the scene of the 'Bloody Sunday' shootings. 2005
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, which became known as Bloody Sunday, January 31, 1972.
Fr Daly waving a bloody handkerchief as he and several others carry the fatally wounded Jackie Duddy, 17, past British soldiers on January 30, 1972, known as Bloody Sunday. Picture by Stanley Matchett
The Bloody Sunday Anniversary. Among the marchers were Native Americans who attended the event because of their sympathy with Irish Nationalists. 30/1/85.
IRA gunmen in Derry during a Bloody Sunday commemoration. Pacemaker Press Intl. 29 Jan. 1978
IRA gunmen in Derry during a Bloody Sunday commemoration. Pacemaker Press Intl. 29 Jan. 1978
Bloody Sunday Commemoration. IRA Gunman displays M60 Machine Gun on streets of Derry. Pacemaker Press Intl.29 Jan. 1978.
Commemoration of Bloody Sunday march in Derry. Gerry Adams and Martin Maguiness are pictured. Pacemaker Press Intl. 30/1/83.
A youth is arrested at gunpoint by a Paratrooper in Derry on Bloody Sunday Picture by Fred Hoare

Laws used to bring gangland killers to justice are being lined up to put the soldiers who took part in Bloody Sunday on trial.





Expectations are growing that paratroopers involved in the killing of 14 civilians in 1972 will face prosecution after the publication of the Saville report.



Lord Saville of Newdigate is due tomorrow to publish his findings on the killings of 14 nationalist protesters by British soldiers in Derry in January 1972. His inquiry, initially expected to take less than two years, has taken more than 12 years and has become the longest-running in British history.



It cost the public more than £191m with more than £100m spent on lawyers involved in legal hearings.



It is believed to conclude that some of the protesters were killed unlawfully. Prime Minister David Cameron is preparing to apologise, if necessary, government sources said.



Northern Ireland's Director of Public Prosecutions will consider whether to bring charges against any of the soldiers after the report has been published.



Lawyers for the victims' families say they will press for all those who opened fire to be charged on a "joint enterprise" basis. This prosecution is used when it is unclear which member of a gang killed someone.

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Greg McCartney, who represents one family, said: "Anyone who fired a shot could come within it."



Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke yesterday branded the Bloody Sunday inquiry under Lord Saville as disastrously expensive and time-consuming.



Mr Clarke said the Saville inquiry had grown "ludicrously out of hand" and must not be repeated.



Mr Clarke said the inquiry -- set up by Tony Blair in 1998 -- had been a "disaster in terms of time and expense".



"I'm anxiously considering how we can stop such inquiries getting ludicrously out of hand, in terms of cost and length," he said.



Ex-army figures yesterday argued it would be unfair to prosecute British soldiers while IRA terrorists remained free. Martin McGuinness, the IRA No 2 in on Bloody Sunday is now Northern Ireland's deputy first minister.



Field Marshal Lord Bramall, the British army commander during the Falklands War, said: "When you think of all the pardons that have been dished out to the IRA, I think it would be terribly wrong all these years later if undue punishment was dished out on British soldiers."



A serving Parachute Regiment officer said soldiers were "deeply unhappy" about the inquiry and questioned "whether prosecutions would be in the public interest".



"It still rankles that not one of the IRA perpetrators who still remain at large will face public inquiry," he said.

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