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'Bloody Sunday a job well done and not all victims innocent,' says ex-Parachute Regiment soldier

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Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Paddy Doherty, who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.

30th January 1972: An armed soldier and a protestor on Bloody Sunday when British Paratroopers shot dead 13 civilians on a civil rights march.

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A young Fr Edward 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 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 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 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

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A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

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.

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William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.

William McKinney, killed on Bloody Sunday.

Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings

Lt Col Derek Wilford, the former commander of the members of the Parachute Regiment involved in the Bloody Sunday shootings

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A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

A protest parade in was staged in Londonderry in January to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Hugh Gilmore who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Bloody Sunday:  Up to 20 soldiers still face being formally questioned by police for alleged murder, attempted murder or criminal injury during the notorious incident

Bloody Sunday: Up to 20 soldiers still face being formally questioned by police for alleged murder, attempted murder or criminal injury during the notorious incident

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Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during  Bloody Sunday

Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday

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Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings

Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings

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Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Gerald Donaghey who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.

Alana Burke who was eighteen when she was run over by an armoured personnel carrier on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday. January 1972

Bloody Sunday. January 1972

Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

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Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan.  2/2/1972.

Bloody Sunday. Funeral. Mrs Ita McKinney, 9 months pregnant cries behind the hearse carrying her husband James from St Mary's, Creggan. 2/2/1972.

Michael Kelly  who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

Michael Kelly who was killed on Bloody Sunday.

A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday

A man receiving attention during the shooting incident in Londonderry, which became known as Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday.   30/1/1972

Bloody Sunday. 30/1/1972

JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT  HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY

JAMES WRAY IN HIS HOME IN THE BOGSIDE DERRY HOLDING THE COAT WITH BULLIET HOLES IN THAT HIS SON ALSO CALLED JAMES WRAY WAS KILLED ON BLOODY SUNDAY

The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan.  They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street.  31/1/1972

The start of a grim day in Derry. Civil Rights marchers make their way through Creggan. They defied a Government ban and headed for Guildhall Square, but were stopped by the Army in William Street. 31/1/1972

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Bloody Sunday 1972

Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

Linda Nash carries flowers with the number 14 inscribed during yesterdays annual Bloody Sunday Parade in Derry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 29.1.12

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A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry

A memorial to those killed on Bloody Sunday in the Bogside area of Derry

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 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

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Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland

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.

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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.

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Hugh Gilmore (third left) seen clutching his stomach as he is shot during Bloody Sunday.

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.

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A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

A scene showing a British paratrooper near Glenfada Park in Derry where Bloody Sunday took place.

"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.

Belfast Telegraph