Friday, July 6, 2012

British Police to launch a murder inquiry 40 years after 13 people were shot dead by soldiers

British detectives are to launch a murder investigation into the Bloody Sunday deaths of 13 civilians shot dead by British soldiers in Londonderry more than 40 years ago.

Victim: The body of one of the thirteen civil rights demonstrators killed by British soldiers
The body of one of the 13 civil rights demonstrators killed by British soldiers [Photo credit: Daily Mail]

The probe will last at least four years and raises the possibility that former British soldiers – some now in their 70s and 80s – could stand trial facing criminal charges.

Thirty officers will focus on the actions of UK paratroopers following the findings of the £195million inquiry by Lord Saville which said none of those killed were armed and no warning was given before soldiers opened fire.

Last night a former Parachute Regiment soldier on duty at Bloody Sunday claimed ex-troops were being made ‘political scapegoats’. ‘It is an appalling betrayal,’ he said.

Read more: Daily Mail


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