MoD’s 1,300 let­ters on Ul­ster deaths

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Ian Drury Home Af­fairs Ed­i­tor

THE Min­istry of De­fence has sent more than 1,300 let­ters to for­mer sol­diers seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on deaths in North­ern Ire­land.

The Army vet­er­ans – many in their 60s and 70s – are po­ten­tial mur­der or man­slaugh­ter sus­pects over killings at the height of the IRA’s ter­ror cam­paign.

They have been con­tacted over around 40 in­ci­dents dat­ing back to the 1970s, in­clud­ing Bloody Sun­day. Crit­ics claim it is fresh ev­i­dence of a ‘witch-hunt’ against troops who served dur­ing the Trou­bles.

The Po­lice Ser­vice of North­ern Ire­land has sparked anger by re-ex­am­in­ing ev­ery British Army killing. There is out­rage that hun­dreds of el­derly ex-sol­diers – many suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous ill­nesses – are be­ing put through an­other or­deal.

The Daily Mail has long cam­paigned for an end to the hound­ing of our troops. A free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest by the Belfast Tele­graph re­vealed the MoD had sent at least 1,381 let­ters to vet­er­ans.

The to­tal will be higher be­cause the MoD did not dis­close cases where fewer than ten let­ters were sent.

Some 386 let­ters re­late to Bloody Sun­day, when 13 peo­ple were shot dead as troops opened fire on demon­stra­tors in Lon­don­derry.

The MoD said it had an obli­ga­tion to as­sist with in­ves­ti­ga­tions, adding: ‘The wel­fare of our per­son­nel and vet­er­ans is of the ut­most im­por­tance.’

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