Bloody Sunday: soldiers should face trial but not jail, families say

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Soldiers who shot civilians on Bloody Sunday should be prosecuted but spared prison, victims’ families said last night ahead of publication of a report which will accuse the Army of unlawful killing.

The long-awaited findings of the Saville Inquiry into the deaths of 13 civil rights marchers in Londonderry on January 30 1972 are expected to exonerate the dead of involvement in violence.

The inquiry will repudiate allegations in the now-discredited Widgery report, carried out within weeks of the incident which ignited the Northern Ireland Troubles, that paratroopers involved in the shootings were acting in self-defence and that many of the dead had been handling firearms....

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