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Bloody Sunday murder investigation to commence in new year.


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Bloody Sunday murder inquiry planned | UK news | guardian.co.uk

A murder inquiry into the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry is to begin in the new year.

Senior commanders from the Police Service of Northern Ireland on Thursday briefed relatives of the 14 people who died after British paratroopers opened fire on demonstrators in the city, in 1972.

Earlier this year, police signalled an intent to investigate the incident after they and prosecutors reviewed the findings of the Saville public inquiry into the controversial shootings. Until now it had been unclear when such an investigation would start.

After the 12-year inquiry, Lord Saville found that the killings were unjustified and none of the dead posed a threat when they were shot.
Is it too much to hope for that we may see justice done, more than 40 years after the event? Those of us alive at the time, and who had the benefit of reliable eye-witness accounts, know what happened that day and already know that completely innocent people were murdered.
However, my prior experience of the justice system suggests that the perpetrators will escape punishment.
Nevertheless I live in hope.
 

between the bridges

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If anything comes from it do any of our CNINR poster's accept a two year prison sentence as justice...
 

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If anything comes from it do any of our CNINR poster's accept a two year prison sentence as justice...
PSF signed up to this so there own would get off. They cant complain. Hell 70% of the people backed it by referendum in 1998.

Personally I dont think it right.
 

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Presumably carrying a Thompson sub machine gun around that day would be worthy of a couple of years as well?
 
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PSF signed up to this so there own would get off. They cant complain. Hell 70% of the people backed it by referendum in 1998.

Personally I dont think it right.
Thankfully your opinion is completely irrelevant. That sort of bone-headed inflexibility condemned us to a generation of murder & strife. Compromises were needed in order to end the cycle and compromising worked. Would you rather that people were still killing each other up here, as you watched coldly from your ivory tower in Dublin?
 

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Presumably carrying a Thompson sub machine gun around that day would be worthy of a couple of years as well?
sure it was only for show...
 

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Presumably carrying a Thompson sub machine gun around that day would be worthy of a couple of years as well?
Soldier F is believed to have murdered four people that day. If his punishment for murdering four people is to get two years in jail then do you think it would be right for someone possessing a rifle to get the same punishment?

It's obviously a disgrace that people will never serve the sentences that they deserve but the people signed up to it so it's the same for everyone. It sticks in the throat of people on all sides but it's a compromise that had to be made to bring peace. Under normal circumstances being found in possession of a weapon would carry much longer than a two year sentence, but when a man who killed four people gets two years it would be a travesty to punish them in the same way.
 

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The Provos gave the Parachute regiment a bit of justice at Warrenpoint :)

 

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I'm actually torn by this. Yes, prosecutions should ideally take place. But if we as Republicans expect our own fighters to escape gaol then I the same should happen for British soldiers/unionist paramilitaries. The Saville Report should really have drawn a line under this all, but with Republicans now being arrested without cause then British troops and their unionist agents should also face full justice.
 

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The Provos gave the Parachute regiment a bit of justice at Warrenpoint :)
Different battalion, different men.

Most soldiers killed in Northern Ireland were young, working class boys from England who, aside from being often uneducated, joined the army because they had no other career choice. I'd guess most knew little about Ireland, and cared less; their main goal was to avoid being killed.

Glorying in the deaths of other men, whatever their allegiance, is sickening.
 

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Different battalion, different men.

Most soldiers killed in Northern Ireland were young, working class boys from England who, aside from being often uneducated, joined the army because they had no other career choice. I'd guess most knew little about Ireland, and cared less; their main goal was to avoid being killed.

Glorying in the deaths of other men, whatever their allegiance, is sickening.
Slab will be cleaning himself after posting that pic. Knocking one out over his scrapbook is a favourite past time of his.
 

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I'm actually torn by this. Yes, prosecutions should ideally take place. But if we as Republicans expect our own fighters to escape gaol then I the same should happen for British soldiers/unionist paramilitaries. The Saville Report should really have drawn a line under this all, but with Republicans now being arrested without cause then British troops and their unionist agents should also face full justice.
Sinn fein were the ones who pressed for an amnesty but when they realised all 'combatants' would be given the anmesty and not solely republicans they withdrew their pleas.

Amnesty for IRA fugitives scrapped - Telegraph
 
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