'BLOODY SUNDAY' PROSECUTION - LATEST NEWS
Soldier F' will face prosecution for the murders of James Wray and William McKinney and the attempted murders of Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O'Donnell.
Sixteen other veterans and two ex-members of the Official IRA, all of whom were investigated, will not face prosecution.
The Public Prosecution Service has been looking at the case of 18 soldiers - one of whom has since died.
Founder of the "Justice for Northern Ireland Veterans Group" Alan Barry said: "It's one soldier too many as far as we're concerned. It happened 47 years ago, a line in the sand needs to be drawn and people need to move on. Under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement veterans are being left open to prosecution while terrorists have been cleansed of their past crimes."
The Ministry of Defence is working across Government to drive through a new package of safeguards to ensure our armed forces are not unfairly treated. The Government will urgently reform the system for dealing with legacy issues. "Our serving and former personnel cannot live in constant fear of prosecution.” Says the Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson.
Conservative MP and former British Army officer Johnny Mercer tweeted that the decision to prosecute was ”an abject failure to govern and legislate, on our watch as a Conservative administration". He tweeted: ”When I speak of a chasm between those who serve and their political masters in this country, I mean this.”
UKNDA is inclined to agree.
15th March 2019
The Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, has said that Britain would always defend its sovereign interests. This was in response to a question about an incident involving a Spanish warship in waters near Gibraltar.
Gibraltar said a Spanish warship tried to order commercial shipping to leave anchorages in British waters near Gibraltar on Sunday but was challenged by the Royal Navy and sailed away.
27 February 2019
'We must increase spending' says Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood
Mr Ellwood said he is "deeply concerned" that the UK does not appreciate its Armed Forces and urged the PM to find the cash to ensure they are properly funded.
His comments come after the report published by the Public Accounts Committee which warned that the Ministry of Defence "simply does not have enough money to buy all the equipment it needs".
This is the latest of several influential calls to increase defence spending in the light of the changing world order. In Mr Ellwood's words: 'The world is getting more dangerous. Britain must be able to step forward - we will only do that if we invest in the full spectrum of capabilities."
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