Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Bloody Sunday: will a military probe be next?

I am confused and perplexed. According to Deborah McAleese (News, July 11), "A police investigation into the Bloody Sunday shootings in 1972 is likely to take four years and involve the work of 30 specialist officers. It is the latest in an extensive caseload of historical cases that the PSNI has taken on."

But an article in the Daily Mail by Max Hastings (July 17) states: "The Metropolitan Police has just established a task force of 30 officers to prepare prosecution cases against potential British Army murder suspects for Bloody Sunday in Londonderry in 1972. Their enquiries are expected to last three or four years."

No shortage of finance, then, for either of the police forces. Why not make it a three-way inquiry and get the Army to set up a military tribunal?

After all, it is the Army which holds the statements made by the soldiers immediately after the shootings.

W W MORRISON

Bangor, Co Down

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