Bloody Sunday probe transferred to Historical Investigations Unit

Marchers on January 30th, 1972, the day that would become known as Bloody Sunday.
Marchers on January 30th, 1972, the day that would become known as Bloody Sunday.

The PSNI’s Bloody Sunday murder investigation is to be transferred to a new body, government officials have confirmed.

The Department of Justice has now confirmed that the planned Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) - expected to be legislated for in coming weeks- will take over all live investigations into Troubles-related deaths, including the massacre of civilians in Derry on January 30, 1972.

The confirmation follows questions raised by one of those wounded on Bloody Sunday, Mickey Bridge, at a public meeting in Derry last week to discuss the HIU and what it will mean for victims.

It was announced in July 2012 that the PSNI was to establish a murder probe following a review of the Saville Inquiry findings.

Earlier this year, the PSNI - in response to concerns raised locally over the resourcing of the investigation - claimed it was committed to progressing it “in an expeditious manner”,

A Department for Justice spokesperson has now told the Journal: “The Department of Justice is clear that all outstanding investigations into Troubles-related deaths, including those which are currently under way, will transfer to the HIU when it becomes operational.

“The Stormont House Agreement makes it clear that all outstanding investigations into Troubles-related deaths will transfer to the new independent Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) when it is established.

“The legislation which will set out the detail of the role and responsibilities of the HIU is due to go to Parliament in the autumn.”