Press Statement from McKinney Family and Madden & Finucane

Mickey McKinney, whose brother William was murdered on Bloody Sunday, stands beside a mural in the Bogside.

Mickey McKinney brother of William McKinney said:

“The decision communicated today to the victims of Bloody Sunday represents another damning indictment of the British justice system.

“A mass murderer has been permitted to evade justice without even standing trial.

“Whilst Soldier F was being prosecuted for two counts of murder on Bloody Sunday, he in fact murdered five people that day. There is no dispute that his actions on Bloody Sunday resulted in 2 women being robbed of their husbands, 12 children being orphaned of their father, and dozens of young men and women deprived of a brother. 6 parents also lost a son. These are the clear findings of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the responsibility that it attaches directly and unequivocally to the actions of Soldier F.

“Whilst hiding behind the shameful cloak of anonymity, he has so far escaped prosecution for the entirety of the mass murder that he committed on Bloody Sunday and our family, with the support of the other families and wounded shall challenge this decision as far as we can.

“This issue is far from concluded. We will fight on.”

Ciaran Shiels, solicitor, of Madden & Finucane said:

“We have this morning informed the Public Prosecution Service of our intention to seek an immediate judicial review of its decision to discontinue the prosecution of Soldier F. The reasons underpinning the PPS decision relate to the admissibility of statements made to the Royal Military Police in 1972 by a number of soldiers who were witnesses to events in Glenfada Park. The admissibility of RMP statements in relation to the events of Bloody Sunday is a matter already under active judicial consideration by the High Court following proceedings which we lodged last December. The High Court will hear detailed legal argument over five days in September. In those circumstances, the decision by the PPS to halt this prosecution is clearly premature in the absence of a High Court ruling on the issue”.