Bloody Sunday Case – R v Soldier F

Speaking after this morning’s hearing at Derry District Judge’s Court, Ciaran Shiels of Madden & Finucane Solicitors said:

“This morning’s hearing progressed as anticipated.

“It has been adjourned until 4th December 2019 to allow Soldier F’s defence lawyers to provide a precise list of witnesses whose evidence it intends to challenge by way of a mixed committal hearing.

“Soldier F’s lawyers have also objected to hearsay applications by the Prosecution which concern the evidence of some living and now deceased soldiers.

“The judge has made an interim order which preserves Soldier F’s anonymity.

“We intend to write to the Public Prosecution Service to ask it to robustly challenge Soldier F’s anonymity.

“Public confidence in this prosecution requires it to proceed in an open and transparent manner.

“Soldier F should be prosecuted in a manner consistent with the prosecution of the vast majority of the limited number of soldiers who were prosecuted in the past for murder and attempted murder, without the benefit of anonymity”.