SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has said that today’s court ruling on the arrest and questioning of former British Soldiers in relation to the murder of innocent civilians in Derry on Bloody Sunday cannot stand in the way of justice for the families of victims.
Mr Eastwood said: “Today’s judgment will once again erode confidence in the commitment of the British Government and the Ministry of Defence to seeing justice done for the families of the innocent civilians who were murdered by British Army soldiers in Derry on Bloody Sunday. The stand out theme of their contribution to the inquiry and investigations into the events of that horrendous day has been delay, prevarication and equivocation. It cannot continue. We will not allow it to continue.
“There can be no further impediment to, nor attempts to obstruct, justice for the Bloody Sunday families. It is a vital component of reconciliation that those who have suffered most as a result of conflict are supported to pursue justice free from the kind of concerted campaign of obstruction that the MOD has waged against these families.
“As Mayor of Derry, I was proud to walk with the Bloody Sunday families as we received the Saville report. The SDLP will continue to stand with them in their campaign for truth, justice and accountability for the heinous wrong that was committed against them and against our community by British state forces.”