Seven ex-Paratrooper’s have been permitted a judicial review in relation to killings and other serious crimes on Bloody Sunday.
The seven men, believed to be those referred to at the Saville Inquiry as soldiers B,N,O,Q,R, U and V lodged an application for the review at the High Court in London following the recent arrest of ‘Lance Corporal J’. The 66-year-old ex-Para was arrested last week in County Antrim and questioned by the PSNI in belfast. He was later bailed pending further enquiries.
As a result the other seven men instructed their lawyers to apply for the legal review. Lawyers for the men contended the arrest of ‘Lance Corporal J’ was “politically motivated.” The soldiers also object to potential arrest without prior notice of at least 24 hours and also object to being taken under arrest for questioining in Northern Ireland.
In considering the request for the review, Mr Justice Ouseley ordered that families of those killed on Bloody Sunday are not “directly affected” by the application as the case concerns the lawfulness of the anticipated arrests, chiefly because the soldiers are willing to be interviewed in england, and because of security risks faced in Northern Ireland.”
As a result of these considerations the review was granted at will take place at a Divisional Court in London next Thursday, November 26.
The Chief Constable of the PSNI has also agreed that police officers will not carry out further arrests until the conclusion of the judicial review.