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Bloody Sunday witnesses to be questioned by PSNI

Witnesses who gave evidence at the Saville Inquiry are now being asked to make statements to the PSNI.

Black flags for each of the victims of Bloody Sunday fly over Free Derry Corner in Derry, 1998.
Black flags for each of the victims of Bloody Sunday fly over Free Derry Corner in Derry, 1998.
Image: JOHN GILES/PA Archive/Press Association Images

WITNESSES TO THE killing of 13 Catholic civil rights marchers by British soldiers in Derry 40 years ago are to make statements to the police in Northern Ireland.

The witness interviews are part of a murder investigation announced into the the Bloody Sunday killings by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday took place on 30 January 1972, when British troops opened fire during an a march in the Bogside in County Derry.

Thirteen people were killed in the shooting and 14 were injured, one of whom died later.

In 2010, following a 12-year inquiry, Lord Saville published his report into the shooting.

In July 2012, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it would launch its own investigation into the deaths.

Investigation

In a statement from the PSNI, they said that “preliminary” work had begun into what they described as a “lengthy and complex investigation” into the Bloody Sunday events.

The PSNI state that for the investigation to be as comprehensive and effective as possible, police will be asking for public support “in the form of witnesses who gave evidence to the Saville Inquiry now making statements to detectives”.

They state this is because police are precluded from using Saville testimony in any criminal investigation.

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