PSNI must honour probe vow

Crowds gathered outside St Mary's Church, Creggan, February 1972 for Bloody Sunday funerals.
Crowds gathered outside St Mary's Church, Creggan, February 1972 for Bloody Sunday funerals.
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The PSNI must honour the commitments made to fully investigate the murders carried out on Bloody Sunday, politicians have warned.

The warning was issued after it emerged that the new PSNI legacy unit- set up to replace the Historical Enquiries Team- has taken over the investigation surrounding the killing of 13 unarmed civilians on Derry on January 30th, 1972.

The vice-chairperson of the Justice Committee, Sinn Fein Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said: “Irrespective of which department the Bloody Sunday murder investigation team is placed, there is a responsibility on the PSNI to honour the commitments made to the families in the City Hotel in December 2012.

“These commitments were made by the then Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie and the present DCC Drew Harris.

“I share in the concerns raised by the families that any scaling down of those commitments will result in confidence in the investigation being undermined.”

SDLP Derry Councillor Brian Tierney, a member of the Bloody Sunday Trust, meanwhile said:

“A series of announcements about the future of the Bloody Sunday investigations team over the last number of weeks and months has created uncertainty. That must be remedied through a transparent investigative process followed swiftly by actions and arrests.”