Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

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

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
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
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. Inpresspics.com. 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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