Veterans March In Scotland Against Historical Troubles Prosecutions

Posted on May 14, 2019

They have been charged in relation to the deaths of civilians and include Soldier F who faces four charges linked to Bloody Sunday.

The families of those who died have welcomed the prosecutions, saying they hope that they will find out what happened to their loved ones.

However, many of those who gathered in Glasgow are unhappy about the historical allegations and are calling for a statute of limitations on any prosecutions. It follows marches across the UK, including demonstrations in London and Belfast. The Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt says the issue of historical allegations is a priority for her.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defence added: “The welfare of our current and former service personnel is of the utmost importance and we provide legal and pastoral support to any veteran who requires it. That includes continuing to fund independent legal representation for Soldier F.”

The campaign in Northern Ireland is the longest major operation undertaken by the British Army. During The Troubles, from the late 1960s until the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, more than 3,500 people lost their lives. Most were civilians, around a third were members of the British military and security services.

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