British Ex-Soldier To Be Charged In Bloody Sunday Killings Of Northern Ireland Protesters
14 March 2019 International News
A British former soldier will face murder charges in connection with the deaths of two civil rights protesters on Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland more than 40 years ago — but there is insufficient evidence to prosecute 16 others.
The Public Prosecution Service announced Thursday that there was enough evidence to prosecute the former paratrooper – only identified as “Soldier F” – for the deaths of James Wray and William McKinney.
He will also face attempted murder charges for Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell.
Prosecutors, who also considered files on two former members of the old “Official IRA,” said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the other 16 former soldiers. One of the soliders has since died.
Bloody Sunday was one of the darkest episodes during the unrest in North Ireland known as the Troubles. On Jan. 30, 1972, troopers of the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment fired on unarmed protesters in a civil rights march in Derry, also known as Londonderry. Thirteen people were killed and 15 were wounded.
The charges follow a decade-long investigation that concluded soldiers killed 13 unarmed demonstrators protesting Britain’s detention of suspected Irish nationalists.
Source: Fox news