07-05-2012, 05:18 PM #1
UK - 40 years on, Bloody Sunday investigation into soldiers' killings of 13 civilians
Bloody Sunday deaths: Police to launch a murder inquiry
40 years after 13 people were shot dead by soldiers (Daily Mail)
The investigation follows a report by Lord Saville, published in June 2010, after a 12-year inquiry.
It blamed the Army for one of the most controversial days in Northern Ireland’s history.
Key findings included:
• No warning had been given to any civilians before the soldiers opened fire
• None of the soldiers fired in response to attacks by petrol bombers or stone throwers
• Some of those killed or injured were clearly fleeing or going to help those injured or dying
• None of the casualties was posing a threat or doing anything that would justify their shooting
• Many of the soldiers lied about their actions
• Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein, was present at the time of the violence and 'probably armed with a sub-machine gun' but did not engage in 'any activity that provided any of the soldiers with any justification for opening fire'
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