Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has voiced his support for the Bloody Sunday families’ efforts to seek a judicial review of the decision by the PSNI Chief Constable to scale back the investigation into the murder by British Paratroopers of 14 civilians in Derry in January 1972.
“I support the decision by the Bloody Sunday Families in seeking a Judicial Review of the Chief Constable’s action.
“I believe that most Derry citizens shared the anger of the families when this decision was announced.
“The announcement was made only a week before the British soldiers believed to have been involved in the shooting on Bloody Sunday were to be interviewed.
“This served only to add to the belief of many of the families that the decision was politically motivated.
“I accept that the PSNI like other statutory bodies are under serious financial pressures.
“But I do not accept that families who have waited almost 43 years for an investigation into the deaths of loved ones should be further victimised in a cash-saving exercise.
“There is an onus both morally and legally on the British government to fund inquiries into state killings or where the state colluded in killings.
“I wish the families success with the Judicial Review and assure them of both my personal and Sinn Féin’s continued support for whatever course of action they decide to follow.” CRÍOCH/END