Comments 'cold and brutal,' say families
Comments from a former soldier questioning the innocence of those killed on Bloody Sunday have been described as "very cold and very brutal" by a relative of one of the victims.
A landmark inquiry by Lord Saville years later found that all of those killed were innocent.
Speaking to the BBC, the former soldier, known as Sergeant O, also said he still believes the actions by soldiers on the day were "a job well done".
Thirteen people were killed when soldiers from the Parachute Regiment opened fire on civilians during a civil rights protest in Londonderry. A 14th person died later of his injuries.
Next week, the Public Prosecution Service will decide whether any of the soldiers involved in the killings will face prosecution.
Speaking prior to the Saville Inquiry, Sergeant O said: "We were under fire. We started looking for targets and started dropping them. Shooting them. The mood between the blokes was not elation but a job well done."
When asked again this week if he still felt the actions of Parachute Regiment were a "job well done", he said yes.
"Obviously my view has altered because some innocent people were killed, I think that's beyond a doubt," he added.
It was put to him that the Saville report found all those killed were innocent.
"But I don't think all 13 were innocent - there were some bad people there. I don't care what Lord Saville said, he wasn't there."
Kate Nash, whose brother William was shot dead described Sergeant O's comments as lies.
"What a horrible lie to continue to stand by, even as you become an older person. Very cold and very brutal," she said.
A total of 18 ex-paratroopers were reported to the PPS over the Bloody Sunday killings.
While relatives of the Bloody Sunday victims have welcomed the possible prosecutions, many have criticised the legal action, happening so long after the events in question.
Former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said any prosecutions against veterans would be about politics, not justice.