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Bloody Sunday prosecutions review examining 'detailed' submissions

St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.
St Mary's Church, on the Creggan Estate, during the Requiem Mass for the 13 who died on 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry.

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) is "reviewing" its decision not to prosecute suspects involved in the Bloody Sunday killings.

It said it was examining 'detailed submissions'  and a decision was expected in the coming weeks.

The Irish Times reports solicitor firm Madden and Finucane has submitted "detailed legal submission" on behalf of the families of those killed in January 1972.

They have appealed to prosecutors to reconsider a decision not to prosecute nine soldiers. They also ask if Soldier F - who is facing charges of murder and attempted murder should face trial for further offences.

The PPS said it was reviewing decisions not to prosecute a number of suspects, "as requested by a number of victims and families of deceased persons involved".

In March the PPS decided there was not enough evidence to prosecute sixteen veterans and two ex-members of the Official IRA.

Soldier F, however, will face prosecution for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O'Donnell.

At the time PPS said that it recognised the "deep disappointment" felt by many families at the decision.

"In respect of the other 18 suspects, including 16 former soldiers and two alleged Official IRA members, it has been concluded that the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction," PPS Director Stephen Herron said.

Thirteen civil rights demonstrators were shot dead on January 30 1972, on one of the most notorious days of the Northern Ireland Troubles. A 14th died later.

Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Scenes from 'Bloody Sunday' in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
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.
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 (now Bishop 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
Bloody Sunday
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.
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
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.
Michael McDaid who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
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Soldiers taking cover behind their sandbagged armoured cars during Bloody Sunday
Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery in his room at the Old Bailey as he looks through his report on the "Bloody Sunday" shootings
Jim Wray who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
John Young who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
William McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Kevin McElhinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerard McKinney who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
Gerald Donaghey who was killed 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
Patrick Doherty who was killed on Bloody Sunday.
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.
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
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
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
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 landmark Saville Inquiry concluded in 2010 that all those killed or injured were innocent.

In its submission to the PPS, Madden and Finucane argued the organisation "erred" in failing to prosecute and in law and asked for further charges to be brought against the former soldiers. It argued that while statements made to Saville were inadmissable, there was other evidence that could be used as evidence.

The PPS has said that in regard to the soldiers' own accounts and how they were made, it would be an unlikely they would form part of court proceedings - something Madden and Finucane argued was flawed.

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 PPS spokesperson said: “The PPS is currently reviewing decisions not to prosecute a number of suspects reported by police in connection with the events on Bloody Sunday, as requested by a number of victims and families of deceased persons involved.

“Detailed legal submissions were recently received and the PPS is now in a position to progress these reviews.

"It is not possible at this stage to give a timeframe for this process to be concluded.

“We will continue to keep the families and victims informed.”

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

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