Published Friday, 06 July 2012
Twenty-six people were shot in the Bogside on Bloody Sunday, 30 January 1972. (© Pacemaker)
Speaking at a Policing Board meeting on Thursday, Chief Constable Matt Baggott revealed a PSNI investigation would take place.
He said it will take four years, with 30 skilled officers involved.
The announcement followed the Saville Inquiry, which took 12 years to complete and cost nearly £200m. It found that the civil rights demonstrators shot dead by British soldiers in Londonderry in 1972 were innocent.
Mr Robinson says the move damages the prospects of building a shared society.
He said there was very little chance of convictions arising from the investigation, saying there was a "world of difference" between the burden of proof in a public inquiry and the burden of proof in a court of law.
He said there was "another agenda at work" of going through the motions of "ticking boxes" as a result of the Saville Report.
He said: "You cannot build a shared society if there is injustice for one side of the community."
What kind of justice would that be? Where the army who came in to deal with the IRA get punished, but the IRA prisoners get out of jail after two years. That just can't be justice.
"I think everybody in Northern Ireland recognises that it's right that justice is done but for justice to be done to just one side of the community is building up antagonism about the unionist, protestant and loyalist community," the DUP leader added.
"Where is the justice for the families of Kingsmills or Claudy, for Le Mon, for the man who still to this day fights for that census worker who lost her life because she was killed by the IRA?"
"You can't simply say we are taking one group of people, they're important, we are going to spend millions of pounds of getting to the truth about that and ignore the other cases."
Meanwhile deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness responded to comments that his role in the IRA in Derry would have to be considered as part of the investigation.
In his report Lord Saville stated that Mr McGuinness was present at the time and was "probably armed with a sub-machine gun".
"Lord Saville was very clear in his report into Bloody Sunday that the IRA had no responsibility for what happened on that day," Mr McGuinness said on Friday.
"I consider comments from unionist politicians today in the wake of the decision of the PSNI to investigate the events of Bloody Sunday as an attempt to divert attention away from the actions of the Parachute Regiment on that day.
"It is clear that they do not want to see the Paras investigated for murder. I will continue to stand with the Bloody Sunday families as I have done since 1972 in their quest for justice."
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