“We have today lodged judicial review proceedings challenging the decision by the Chief Constable to effectively end this multiple murder investigation. We are taking these proceedings on behalf of twenty of our clients who are the next of kin of those murdered, the wounded and the families of the wounded who have since died.

“The Chief Constable’s decision to end this murder enquiry was made on the eve of the commencement of the process where the soldiers were to be interviewed under caution. Less than six months ago the PSNI talked of its “statutory duty to investigate fully all matters of serious crime, including murder”, in its pursuit of the Boston College Tapes. It appears that this statutory duty does not extend to murders committed by the British Army.”