In a legal move that could inflame the dormant passions of the Irish Troubles, up to twenty British soldiers may be arrested and interviewed over their roles in Bloody Sunday, the defining atrocity of modern Irish history, in which British troops opened fire on unarmed protesters.
The U.K.’s Ministry of Defence has hired lawyers for the men, now in their sixties and seventies, according to a report in London’s Sunday Times, and interviews under legal caution, meaning they can be used as evidence in prosecutions over the 14 deaths, are “expected imminently.”
“This is the beginning,” an anonymous source “close to the police” told the newspaper. “It is the first time the soldiers will have been interviewed formally by police as part of a murder investigation. It is possible that some of the soldiers will be prosecuted.”
The controversial move follows protest by victims’ families, and was met with outrage from former soldiers, who called it politically motivated.
Gregory Campbell, MP for East Derry, told the Irish Times that prosecution “could prove disastrous in how our society deals with the past.” (Photo: Frederick Hoare/Central Press/Getty Images file)
Frozen whitetail deer fawn specimens that perished from natural causes
Photo credit: TheJeweleryBoxStudios
angels are falling
Bible moralisée, Bruges 1455-1460.
Den Haag, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, 76 E 7, fol. 1r
You are a slave
in the club
high on perks
with some shades on
with my J’s on
A French mountaineer scaling Mont Blanc has stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires lost for decades after a plane crash.
The jewels, which have an estimated value of about £207,000, (about $344,000) lay hidden among ice crystals in a metal box that was likely to have been on board an Indian plane that crashed 47 years ago. The box contained about 100 gems, with some of their sachets bearing the stamp “Made in India.”
The climber, who is reportedly in his early twenties and wants to remain anonymous, found the box earlier this month on the Glacier de Bossons, which is part of the Mont Blanc mountain range. (Photo: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)