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Bloody Sunday revelations keep on coming

Much to the embarrassment of British authorities whose armed forces still occupy the six counties that comprise the statelet of Northern Ireland, commonly called "the Wee Six", revelations continue to pour forth about what actually was allowed to happen in Derry City on January 30, 1972, "Bloody Sunday", when thirteen unarmed civilians were shot dead by British soldiers.

The Widgery inquiry, which absolved the soldiers of all blame, has become the subject of daily revelations about the questionable evidence placed before it by State witnesses.

Following the evidence of Dr. John Martin, the forensic scientist who originally gave evidence before the infamous Widgery inquiry, that he was invited to produce evidence that the victims had been associated with firearms, new and more startling revelations are being studied by the second "Bloody Sunday" Saville inquiry sitting in London.

The role played by the then British Prime Minister, Ted Heath, has come to the fore.

A statement given to the inquiry by Martin Dillon, author and journalist, claimed that Sir Michael Carver, head of the British Army in 1972, was told by Heath "it was perfectly legal for the army to shoot somebody whether or not they were being shot at, because anybody who obstructed the Armed Forces of the Queen was, by that very act, the Queen's enemy."

Mr. Dillon cited as his source General Carver himself, during the making of a television documentary in 1994.

Now the army commander on "Bloody Sunday", Major General Patrick MacLellan, has told the Saville inquiry he himself unintentionally gave inaccurate information about the events of that day to the original inquiry into the shootings.

The Saville inquiry continues.


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