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Police hand Bloody Sunday file over to Crown prosecutors

By Eamon Sweeney

The PSNI has sent its completed murder investigation file on Bloody Sunday to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

Relatives of those killed by members of the Parachute Regiment in Londonderry in January 1972 have received an email from police stating that the file has been forwarded.

The email from the PSNI Liaison Officer to the Bloody Sunday relatives said: "Following the completion of formal interviews with former soldiers, the PSNI have forwarded a file to the Public Prosecution Service for consideration."

Some relatives of those killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday are seeking prosecutions against soldiers responsible for carrying out the shootings.

At the launch of the Saville Report in June 2010, the then Prime Minister David Cameron apologised for the killings on behalf of the Government, describing them as "unjustified and unjustifiable."

The communication also confirmed that the PPS will contact all concerned parties in the Bloody Sunday case within the next 10 days to confirm that it has received the police file and also outlining its role in the case itself.

However, the police liaison officer's email also states that there is as yet no timeframe for when the PPS will issue its decision on whether or not it will prosecute any of the soldiers involved. The email states: "The PPS will require a period of time to consider all the material submitted by police. I am not in a position to comment on how long this will take."

One relative of two of the Bloody Sunday victims has however reacted angrily to the development.

Kate Nash, whose brother William was shot dead on Bloody Sunday, has accused the PSNI of 'dragging their heels' with regard to forwarding their completed investigation to the PPS.

"The PSNI have been at pains to avoid meeting the Bloody Sunday families and all I can draw from that is that there was a wish to avoid answering legitimate questions," she said.

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