Decision. On 14 March 2019 the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) NI announced that there was only sufficient admissible evidence to charge one of the 17 soldiers investigated. The solder, cyphered as soldier F, is to be charged with two counts of murder and four of attempted murder in a trial scheduled for early 2021. The DPP decision stated “In respect of the other 18 suspects, including 16 former soldiers and two alleged Official IRA members, it has been concluded that the available evidence is insufficient to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction. In these circumstances the evidential Test for Prosecution is not met.”
Challenge. The decisions on non-prosecution (including not charging soldier F with an additional three counts of murder and two of attempted murder) was immediately challenged by a number of next of kin in accordance with the victims ‘Right of Review’ process, which is a standard procedure available to any victim of a crime reported to the PPS by the police or other statutory authority.
Challenge Review Announcement.
The NI PPS have concluded a review into their decision not to prosecute (all but soldier F) ciphered veterans involved in events on Bloody Sunday. This review announcement is due to made next week (21-30 Sep 20).
Support. The MoD are committed to funding legal support to all those involved in this process; independent lawyers continue to act for all of veterans involved, are aware of the latest developments and will represent their clients’ interests throughout. RHQ PARA is in touch with the veterans involved in this case and continue to provide welfare and pastoral support. If you have any questions, please contact the Legacy Officer. Contact details as follows:
NI Legacy Officer, RHQ PARA, Merville Barracks, Colchester, Essex CO2 7UT. Tel: Mil: 94660 7072 or Civ: 01206 817072 Email: