An initial ‘scoping exercise’ into Bloody Sunday prosecutions has been completed by both the PSNI and the Public Prosecution Service (PPS), the Journal can reveal.
According to a spokesperson for the PSNI, detectives are only now “starting” to examine the possibility of prosecuting those responsible for the murder of 14 Derrymen in January 1972.
This Saville Report was released some 20 months ago and runs to over 5, 000 pages. Following enquires by this paper the PPS said that they had: “Completed their scoping exercise of the material in the Saville Report.”
The spokesperson then revealed that: “We have provided the PSNI with prosecutorial advice in relation to a number of legal issues that arise in connection with any potential prosecutions and will continue to consult with police as necessary.”
When contacted by The Journal the PSNI confirmed that they had concluded their own scoping exercise of the report, adding: “The PPS has completed its own scoping exercise and provided PSNI with prosecutorial advice in relation to a number of the legal issues that arise in connection with any potential prosecutions.
“Police continue to consult with the Public Prosecution Service and detectives are starting to look at potential investigative opportunities flowing from the scoping exercise.” However they did warn; “This preliminary work may take some time.” A spokesperson for the Bloody Sunday Trust declined to comment adding that they were taking the matter under legal guidance.