Murder, perjury, lies, and finally some justice

Murder, perjury, lies, and finally some justice
Marchers gather in Derry before the events that were later to be dubbed Bloody Sunday after British paratroopers shot 29 civilians, 14 of whom diedShutterstock

Last week’s decision to prosecute a soldier for the Bloody Sunday killings in 1972 comes as a result of years of campaigning by the families of the innocent civilians murdered that day – and the bravery of one paratrooper whose testimony was first published in this newspaper

He sat in the witness box hidden behind a curtain at the Saville Inquiry in London. He had arrived in a car with blacked-out windows under heavy police protection and was brought into the court through a side door. His life was now under threat from his former colleagues in 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment. He had broken the soldiers’ omertà. What he had to say would at long last breach the damn of official lies and denial.

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