Bloody Sunday inquiry to rule killings `illegal’

UK troops had fired into a crowd of unarmed Catholic demonstrators in 1972.

Zeenews Bureau

London: The long-awaited official inquiry into the Bloody Sunday massacre will conclude that several protesters were unlawfully killed by the British soldiers, a report has claimed.

A commission was created in 1998 to examine why British troops fired into a crowd of unarmed Catholic demonstrators during a protest in the city of Londonderry in January 1972. In all, 13 people were killed and another 15 wounded.

The report will be published on June 15.

Lord Saville`s 12-year inquiry into the deaths is the longest public inquiry in British legal history, reports The Guardian newspaper.

Prime Minister David Cameron will make a statement to lawmakers at the time the report is published, and a full debate on its contents will be held in the fall.

The commission cost more than GBP 200 million (USD 287 million) and has run six years past its original planned publication date.

A 1972 inquiry by Lord Widgery had concluded that the soldiers opened fire only after themselves being shot at by IRA snipers in the crowd.

(With Agencies’ inputs)