BRITISH SOLDIERS TO BE QUIZZED NEXT MONTH OVER BLOODY SUNDAY MURDERS
DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team will start questioning former British soldiers next month about the murders of 14 unarmed civilians on Bloody Sunday 44 years ago.
The PSNI has confirmed that eight former members of the Parachute Regiment will be questioned.
The interviews will take place in Britain.
Detectives wanted to question them at the serious crime suite at Musgrave PSNI station in Belfast about the murders.
But the former soldiers won a landmark court action preventing them from being arrested at their homes and flown to Belfast.
It came a former British soldier who later married, resettled and got a job as a prison officer, was arrested at his Antrim home last year for questioning.
Thirteen people were killed when British paratroopers opened fire on a civil rights march in Derry in January 1972.
A 14th person died later.
In 2010, British Prime Minister David Cameron formally apologised to the Blood Sunday victims and their relatives on behalf of the British State.
The apology came after a long running public inquiry which laid the blame fully at the door of the British Army for the murders.
The inquiry, led by Lord Saville, took 12 years to complete and exonerated those who died.
The Savile Inquiry concluded that soldiers fired the first shot and gave no warning before opening fire on the civilian marchers.
It also found that some of those killed or injured were clearly fleeing or going to help the injured and dying.
Accepting the findings of the 2010 inquiry, Mr Cameron described the killings as “unjustified and unjustifiable” and said he was “deeply sorry”.