SINN Féin’s Elisha McCallion has said comments relating to Bloody Sunday by British Tory MP Boris Johnson were disrespectful and hurtful to the families of those murdered 47 years ago.
The Foyle MP said: “The comments from British Tory MP Boris Johnson about Bloody Sunday were disgraceful and hurtful to the relatives of those killed.
“The remarks also showed disrespect to the ongoing court case into the massacre by attempting to preempt the legal outcome.
“What happened on Bloody Sunday was not a ‘misjudgement’ as Boris Johnson has claimed.
“It was murder and that’s why there is an ongoing murder inquiry.
“The relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday have campaigned for truth and justice for decades and are entitled to justice.
“All relatives of those killed during the conflict are entitled to the truth over what happened to their loved ones.
“And the British government need to step up and implement the legacy mechanisms already agreed.”
The Public Prosecution Service in the North of Ireland are announce details of charges it intends to bring against 17 former British soldiers over the Bloody Sunday murders.It follows a lengthy murder inquiry carried out by the PSNI’s Legacy Investigation Unit.
Detectives travelled to England and questioned the soldiers under caution about the murder of 14 unarmed civilians on Bloody Sunday, January 30, 1972.
One former soldier, who resettled in the North of Ireland and was working as a prison officer in the former Maze jail, was questioned at Antrim police station.