14/03/2019

Bloody Sunday Families Await Prosecution Decision

The families of 13 people killed on Bloody Sunday in 1972 have gathered in L'Derry to await a decision on whether 17 soldiers involved on the day are to be prosecuted.

The Public Prosecution Service is due to release its decision at around 11am today, Thursday 14 March, having considered 125,000 pages of material.
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Charges, including murder and attempted murder, have been weighed up after 13 people died and 15 were injured on 30 January 1972 when troops fired over 100 shots as trouble broke out at a civil rights march.

Bloody Sunday has since been remembered as one of the darkest days of Northern Ireland's Troubles.

A public inquiry carried out by Lord Saville found in 2010 that the shootings had been unjustified.

Soldiers who represented the former Parachute Regiment, many of whom are now in their 60's and 70's, will be told if they will face charges soon, at around the same time as the victim's families.



(JG/CM)

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