The Hard Shoulder
The Hard Shoulder

17.49 14 Mar 2019


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One former British paratrooper involved in the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre of 14 civilians in Derry is to face prosecution.

"It was a bad day for justice". "I think that some of the families will be disappointed,"

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, Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service announced earlier today.  The PPS found there was sufficient evidence to charge the ex-serviceman 'Soldier F', but insufficient evidence to bring charges against 16 other former members of the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment and two IRA suspects present on the day of the killings.

Well, for his reaction to today’s decision, I’m delighted to welcome, Denis Bradley, the former vice-chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board to the programme...

Denis Bradley, a former priest who was present on the day in 1972, said that it was a "bad day for justice".

"I think that some of the families will be disappointed," he said. "Personally I feel a bit annoyed at the words that the PPS used that there wasn't sufficient evidence...that is almost an insult.


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