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Ex-British soldier Tim Collins calls Bloody Sunday investigation “a farce”

Former British solider Tim Collins. Picture: Getty Images
Former British solider Tim Collins. Picture: Getty Images

A FORMER British soldier has described the investigation into the Bloody Sunday killings in which 14 civilians were killed by British troops as “a farce”.

Tim Collins, 55, a Northern Irishman served with the British Army in the 1980s and 1990s, commented on how the investigation is a “political stunt”.

“The Bloody Sunday farce is less about justice for those killed and wounded and more of a political stunt and cannot be taken seriously,” reports The Belfast Newsletter.

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The landmark first arrest in connection with Bloody Sunday took place last November.

A former British soldier was detained by PSNI officers but was released the following day.

His marked the first arrest in the case – some 43 years on from the incident.

On January 30, 1972, British troops opened fire on a civilian march in Derry city, fatally wounding 14 people.

The Saville Enquiry, which concluded in 2010, found that the British troops opened fire on the civilian crowds first – prompting British Prime Minister David Cameron to issue an apology to the victims’ families.

Mr Collins, a former Royal Irish Regiment colonel, condemned the investigation that is being carried out in the North of Ireland that saw the first arrest in the historic case.

Following the release of the British soldier in the North of Ireland, who is now in his 60s, a separate group of former paratroopers based in Britain lodged a successful bid to stop their transfer to the North of Ireland to be quizzed by PSNI officers in relation to Bloody Sunday.

This Saturday marks the 44th anniversary of the shootings.


James Mulhall

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4 comments on “Ex-British soldier Tim Collins calls Bloody Sunday investigation “a farce””

  1. mike gill

    Typical of the posturing bully boys who think they are above the law....Maybe they are

    • Peter Sullivan

      U havent a clue .big mouth clueless and stupid..

  2. Liam Ó Comáin

    (30th January, 1972.)
    Gilmour, Young, McKinney,
    McDaid, Wray, Donaghey,
    McKinney, McElhinney, Nash,
    Duddy, Doherty, McGuigan,
    Kelly, and later Johnston.
    Marching, opposing the gaoling
    Of anyone without charge or trial
    Led to blood pouring from thirteen
    Victims of what, until then, was a
    Joyful occasion.
    Later on, another participant died
    Arising from his wounds,
    Based upon the pre-meditated
    Murder, by Britain, of a number
    Of Derry’s justice pursuing citizens.
    Hugh Gilmour, John Young, James McKinney,
    Michael McDaid, James Wray, James Donaghey,
    James Mc Kinney, Kevin McElhinney, Gerald Nash,
    William Duddy, Kevin Doherty, Bernard McGuigan,
    Michael Kelly and eventually Johnny Johnston.
    Thus, recall with pride those innocent victims: our
    Relatives, neighbours, and friends, who are forever
    Etched in the hearts of our people: for what they
    Bravely sought and sacrificed their lives for
    Was the nobility of justice!

  3. Stephen McConnell

    He is absolutely correct. The republicans cry about moving on etc., but demand enquiry after enquiry.

    For the record - the north of Ireland is Donegal. Northern Ireland is a a province within the UK. Or are you to bigoted to recognise that simple fact?


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