Ex soldier from Bloody Sunday arrested…

Now, I don’t normally go much on arrests. At best they seem to be as much a political statement as anything more serious. But this one is at least worth marking since the landscape of this case has been well surveyed by Savill even if none of the evidence there can be used…

A former British soldier has been arrested by detectives investigating the Bloody Sunday killings in Derry in 1972.

Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Legacy Investigation Branch said they had arrested a 66-year-old man in Co Antrim.

Security sources confirmed the detained pensioner was an ex-soldier.

Thirteen civil rights demonstrators were killed by members of the Parachute Regiment on the streets of Derry in January 1972.

Another victim of the shootings died months later.

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  • MainlandUlsterman

    he was in the senior leadership up until the early 80s at least (and probably beyond) according to the best journalistic attempts to prise out the truth of it – so on that basis he had responsibility for directing terrorism that killed upwards of 1,000 people. Rough figures but it should come out somewhere around there. We may need to wait 20-30 years to get his exact dates in charge / on the “army council” I suspect though. But yes, well done him for not killing anyone on Bloody Sunday. Give him a medal.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    I thought they were unable to establish who had fired first due to lack of definitive testimony? Could be wrong. I’ve just bought a book on it, so I can look it up in a couple of days.

  • Catcher in the Rye

    Ah, I understand the problem. I think the BBC’s article is badly worded.

    I think what they are trying to say is that the GFA made no provisions for people who had not been prosecuted, or who had escaped. Clearly you could only apply for early release if you were in prison to begin with. This is the gap that SF wanted to fill by getting the government to deal with OTRs.

    But the legislation is clear. Anyone who is imprisoned for a “scheduled offence” committed prior to April 1998 is entitled to make an application for early release after they have served two years. I also see nothing that prevents soldiers, police officers or anyone else from applying for release.