The founder of a veterans group has said that the prosecution of a former paratrooper for two murders on Bloody Sunday is "one too many".
Founder of the Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans group Alan Barry was speaking after it was announced 'soldier F' 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.
Thirteen civil rights demonstrators were shot dead in Londonderry on January 30 1972, on one of the most notorious days of the Northern Ireland Troubles.
Sixteen other veterans and two ex-members of the Official IRA, all of whom were investigated, will not face prosecution.
"It's one soldier too many as far as we're concerned," Mr Barry said.
"It's very one-sided. No soldier should be charged. It happened 47 years ago, a line in the sand needs to be drawn and people need to move on."
Conservative MP and former British Army officer Johnny Mercer was also critical.
"When I speak of a chasm between those who serve and their political masters in this country, I mean this," he tweeted.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said soldier F would have the full support of the Ministry of Defence, including paying his legal costs, while Government was working on reforms he said would "ensure" forces personnel were not "unfairly treated".
"We are indebted to those soldiers who served with courage and distinction to bring peace to Northern Ireland," Mr Williamson said.
"The Government will urgently reform the system for dealing with legacy issues. Our serving and former personnel cannot live in constant fear of prosecution."
The soldiers were members of a support company of the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment.
Prosecutors had been considering evidence in relation to counts of murder, attempted murder and causing grievous injury with intent.
UUP MLA and former British Army soldier Doug Beattie reacted to the announcement on Twitter, saying "there are no winners here. Just victims".
"It's important to remember their families today," he wrote.