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Gregory Campbell complains over police 'inaction' in Martin McGuinness probe

By Lisa Smyth

Published 12/09/2016

Complaint: Martin McGuinness
Complaint: Martin McGuinness

The PSNI has been accused of failing to properly investigate what Martin McGuinness knows about Bloody Sunday.

DUP MP Gregory Campbell has lodged an official complaint with the Police Ombudsman over why the PSNI has not questioned the Deputy First Minister as part of the investigation into the 1972 Army shootings in Londonderry.

The MP said he had pressed senior officers from the PSNI for two years on whether they intend to interview Mr McGuinness about Bloody Sunday and a number of terrorist atrocities carried out when he was a member of the IRA.

Mr Campbell said that if the police do not question Mr McGuinness it will be a "dereliction of duty". However, he said he had not received any confirmation over whether police will question the Sinn Fein politician and had been left with "no option" other than report the matter to the Police Ombudsman.

"There have been procedures and questioning of soldiers undertaken for several years regarding what their actions in Londonderry in January 1972 during what has been termed 'Bloody Sunday'," he said.

"At the time of the Saville Report and repeatedly since I have publicly asked what questioning the police plan to undertake regarding the actions of people other than soldiers in and around that time, given the fact that the prolonged questioning of soldiers, according to the police, appears now to have reached a conclusion."

The Police Ombudsman has confirmed it has received a complaint but would not say what action will be taken, while a PSNI spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment, as a complaint had been made.

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