Sinn Fein: Gregory Campbell’s ‘stunt’ over Bloody Sunday investigation

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness

DUP MP Gregory Campbell has been accused of staging “a stunt” over the PSNI investigation into Bloody Sunday.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney levelled the accusation at Mr Campbell after he complained to the Police Ombudsman, claiming the PSNI refused to say whether or not they planned to question Martin McGuinness about his role on Bloody Sunday.

Gregory Campbell’s latest stunt is only aimed to distract from the fact that fourteen innocent civilians were murdered by the British Parachute Regiment and thirteen others injured on that day.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney

Mr Campbell said Martin McGuinness should be interviewed as part of the Bloody Sunday investigation after Lord Saville said Mr McGuinness was “probably” carrying a Thompson sub-machine gun on the day.

Mr McGuinness has consistently denied this.

Mr. Campbell said his complaint “follows correspondence over more than two years between Mr Campbell and the PSNI, yet no action has been taken”. He said he was “left with no option” but to make “a formal complaint against the Police”.

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney said: “Gregory Campbell’s latest stunt is only aimed to distract from the fact that fourteen innocent civilians were murdered by the British Parachute Regiment and thirteen others injured on that day.

“Gregory would be better served using his influence to ensure the British soldiers and those who commanded them assist, in full, the PSNI investigation.

“Mr Campbell’s latest outburst is indicative of him striving to make himself relevant from his retirement home at Westminster.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “As a complaint has been made to the office of the Police Ombudsman, it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.”

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison, from the PSNI’s Legacy Investigation Branch, said: “Police have concluded interviews with former military personnel and are in the process of compiling a report for the PPS.

“The police investigation into the events on Bloody Sunday is continuing.”

The Police Ombudsman confirmed it had received a complaint and said it was “now dealing with it.”