PSNI to re-interview over Bloody Sunday

Published Thursday, 30 January 2014
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Serious Crime Branch detectives investigating the Bloody Sunday shootings in Londonderry over 40 years ago are to begin re-interviewing more than 1,000 witnesses who gave evidence to the Saville Inquiry.

PSNI to re-interview over Bloody Sunday
Twenty-six people were shot in the Bogside on Bloody Sunday, 30 January 1972. (© Pacemaker)

On 30 January 1972, British troops opened fire on a banned civil rights march through the Bogside area of Derry, killing 13 unarmed civilians.

At the end of 2012, the PSNI said they would be opening a murder investigation into the killings.

The move followed on from the 12 year, £200m Saville Report which was the longest of its kind in legal history.

It found that there was no justification for the shootings and, subsequently, Prime Minister David Cameron apologised for the killings.

Now, over 1,000 witnesses, consisting of local people and former soldiers, are being asked by police to make statements as part of the criminal investigation.

Detectives want to make contact with - and re-interview - any former soldiers and civilians who gave evidence to the Saville Inquiry or who may have information about the events of 30 January 1972 in which 26 people were shot.

A police statement said: "It is necessary to re-interview witnesses because police are precluded from using Saville testimony in a criminal investigation.

"Civilians and former soldiers are asked to contact the investigation team on 028 9025 9593 or by email to BloodySundayEnquiry@psni.pnn.police.uk"

Notices will also be placed in local newspapers and other publications in a bid to encourage witnesses to come forward again.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison, the officer leading the investigation, said: "From the outset we said this would be a lengthy and complicated process and we now have the additional resources in place and a clear investigative process to follow.

"For the investigation to be as comprehensive and effective as possible, police are asking for public support in the form of witnesses who gave evidence to the Saville Inquiry to now make statements to detectives."

He added that contact has also been made with former military witnesses.

"During the Saville Inquiry it was ruled that anonymity was granted to any former soldier who gave evidence unless his name was clearly already in the public domain. That ruling does not automatically carry over to the current police investigation. Anonymity will be a matter for a future court to consider.

"Police want to assure all who engage with the investigation team that all matters will be treated in the strictest confidence and the support and welfare of witnesses are important considerations. It is our intention to conduct these inquiries as quickly as possible."

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26 Comments
Big Ian in Belfast North Ireland wrote (212 days ago):
About time this investigation was carried out but a total waste of time as the british remains in control of our justice system. To the fools on here throwing their half penny's worth, ask yourself this.. If the Irish occupied Britain and the Irish Army shot civillians dead, would you still be in denial for the world to finally know the truth? Murder is murder, the british army and justice system have alot to answer for. Shame on you and for those on here that support your actions!
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (213 days ago):
DerryRepublican in Londonderry I have bad news for you, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement IF any soldiers are prosecuted they'll serve less than two years, this is what Sinn Fein negotiated for in GFA. By your "throw away the key" remark can I assume that you wouldn't be in favour of the amnesty proposal made by Sinn Fein at the Haass talks, which would see them walk free for simply telling their version of the truth? Perhaps at any subsequent trials we might have a judge who is not inclined to take the word of convicted terrorists and former terrorists as gospel truth.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (213 days ago):
@John in bangor and Michael in shankill. A crime was committed and no one has been convicted. You say this is a waste of police resources? Is it a waste of police resources to investigate the Warrenpoint Ambush or the Kingsmill Massacre or is that different because it's the British Army? Your bigotry really shines through. The families are looking justice. Just as the families in Ballymurphy (Ballymurphy internment massacre), Loughanisland, etc. Are they not entitled to justice John? I await your reply.
True in Belfast wrote (213 days ago):
@Ryan. You are absolutely correct. All murderers must be brought to justice;both state forces and terrorists.
Realist in Antrim wrote (213 days ago):
@Derry Republican. I sympathise with your loss: we have almost all lost loved ones. However, if there is to be an investigation, it must be by the PSNI who are the police force of this country. This is the Police force everyone signed up to.
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