The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has dismissed as complete speculation recent claims in British news outlets that soldiers involved in the killings on Bloody Sunday could face murder charges.
The PPS was responding to claims in the Daily Telegraph in recent days that some soldiers who were on the ground on January 30, 1972 in the Bogside will be prosecuted after the long awaited announcement on prosecutions in announced in seven days time.
Whilst the PPS then declined to make any broad statement on the pending decision, in relation to the recent Daily Telegraph article a spokesperson said: “This is a wholly speculative article which is likely to cause significant and undue distress to the Bloody Sunday families.
“The PPS is currently making arrangements for the communication of its decisions to all parties on March 14, 2019. We will not be providing any information in relation to prosecutorial matters in the intervening period.”
It's believed that the families of those shot dead and those wounded in Derry 47 years ago will learn of the decision from the PPS around 10am next Thursday morning.
It is also understood that a general announcement regarding the decision on whether or prosecutions will take place and which charges soldiers might face will be made first.
And, after that point, each of the families of the dead and those wounded who have sought prosecutions will be informed of the PPS decision in relation to the particular soldier involved in their case.
Families of the dead and those wounded will be informed at the City Hotel whilst the press will be facilitated at the Guildhall.
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