Chief Of Defence Staff Determined To Fight False Northern Ireland Claims

Posted on August 3, 2018

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter told the BBC serving and former service personnel should face action for “genuine” wrongdoing. But he vowed groundless cases “will not happen on my watch”. A government consultation was launched in May into the legacy of the period. The consultation includes plans for a new Historical Investigations Unit, with policing powers, which will look at claims against former soldiers. This week, the Daily Telegraph reported on a former paratrooper already being investigated over two allegations of attempted murder during Bloody Sunday in 1972. The 76-year-old was interviewed under caution in 2016. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery during the 1972 tour. Sir Nick would not comment on any of the specific cases being examined. But he said people should remember Northern Ireland “wouldn’t be in position we are in now if Army had not done remarkable job” there for more than 30 years. “It is right and proper that if our soldiers have done something wrong they should clearly be investigated and held to account for it, but only if they’ve genuinely done something wrong,” he said. “What is fundamentally wrong though is if they are chased by people who are making vexatious claims. That will not happen on my watch.”

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