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Malachi O'Doherty

Soldier F may rest content he is not going to jail but his place in history is as an embarrassment to his country

Malachi O'Doherty


It’s a matter of historical record that British paras opened fire and killed innocent people, the only thing missing is prosecution, writes author Malachi O’Doherty

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Deadly: Soldiers take cover behind armoured vehicles on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry. Credit: PA

Deadly: Soldiers take cover behind armoured vehicles on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry. Credit: PA

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Deadly: Soldiers take cover behind armoured vehicles on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry. Credit: PA

The British paratroopers sent into action on Bloody Sunday had a responsibility to protect the lives of civilians in danger. From their perspective, the people who had joined the illegal civil rights march were British citizens, even if some might have said they weren’t.

Though none of the soldiers now is to be prosecuted following the dropping of the case against Lance Corporal F on Friday, no one is in any doubt that he fired the shots that killed some of the 14 who died.


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