Belfast Telegraph

Lord Saville backs Army prosecutions

Lord Saville
Lord Saville
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

The judge who led the Bloody Sunday Inquiry has said Troubles' soldiers should be prosecuted if there is strong evidence against them.

Lord Saville made the comments after new Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt said a time limit will be placed on any prosecutions of soldiers accused of committing crimes.

However, this statute of limitations would not apply to soldiers who served here.

Speaking on yesterday's BBC Radio 4 Today programme, he said: "If there is strong evidence then cases should be brought."

His probe into the 1972 shootings by the Army of civil rights demonstrators which resulted in the deaths of 14 people found they were all innocent and were killed after soldiers lost control.

Prime Minister David Cameron apologised on behalf of the state, saying the killings were "unjustified and unjustifiable".

An ex-Parachute Regiment member has been charged in connection with Bloody Sunday.

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