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Issue #1555      11 July 2012

Bloody Sunday murder probe “must be kept non-political”

The murder investigation into the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre must be free of “interference, prevarication and destroying of evidence” said the British state Sinn Fein.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Baggot announced the investigation last week, saying it may take up to four years to complete.

It’s been sparked by the findings of the Saville inquiry which found that all those killed and injured on Bloody Sunday were innocent and that there was no justification for the army opening fire on the civil rights demonstrators.

The inquiry also found that Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness had “probably” been armed with a sub-machine gun that day but had done nothing to justify the army’s actions.

The murder investigation has been welcomed by the relatives of those killed, and the SDLP (Social and Democratic Labour Party) and Sinn Fein but there was opposition from unionists, with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) demanding that Mr McGuinness also be investigated and some suggesting a “hierarchy of victimhood.”

Kate Nash, whose brother William was among the Bloody Sunday victims, said: “We never asked for an inquiry. We always asked for prosecutions because my brother was an innocent victim. They were all innocent.”

She said the police inquiry should go to wherever the evidence took them, even if it meant Mr McGuinness being questioned as well.

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said the Saville report’s findings made it “perfectly understandable and proper” that a murder investigation has been launched.

“They should not be meeting resistance from political representatives,” he added.

And Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney said: “Following the revelations at the Saville Inquiry and the acceptance by British Prime Minister, David Cameron that the killings were “unjustified and unjustifiable” today’s development comes as no surprise.

“I hope that once initiated that the British government and its agencies co-operate fully and that we don’t have a repeat of the interference, prevarication and destroying of evidence that we witnessed during the Saville inquiry.”

But Northern Ireland Police Federation chairman Terry Spence questioned why overstretched police resources were to be devoted to “a particular event” when the unsolved murders of 211 police officers and over 2,000 civilian unsolved murders were being investigated through the Historical Enquiries Team.

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