Ex-soldiers to learn if they’ll face Blood Sunday charges

Footage of the late Catholic Bishop of Derry Edward Daly waving a bloodied handkerchief became the iconic symbol of Bloody Sunday

"We recognize the deep disappointment felt by many of those we met with today".

"The innocence was gone; also the possibility of a reformist. solution to what was going on in Northern Ireland was, if not destroyed, substantially diminished by Bloody Sunday", McCann said.

Following the report, UK Prime Minister David Cameron issued a full State apology on behalf of the UK for "unjustified and unjustifiable" events.

However, the government has proposed legislation to widen the programme to offences taking place from 1968, meaning any Bloody Sunday prosecutions would be eligible.

The veteran, known as 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 in Londonderry in 1972.

Families of those who died on Bloody Sunday marching through the Bogside in Londonderry.

"We will give detailed consideration to the reasons provided for decisions not to prosecute the other soldiers, with a view to making further submissions to the Prosecution Service and we shall ultimately challenge in the High Court, by way of judicial review, any prosecutorial decision that does not withstand scrutiny".

The UK Ministry of Defence has said its serving and former personnel can not live in constant fear of prosecution.

Britain's Ministry of Defense said it would help defend the ex-soldier who will now face prosecution, while working to reform the system for investigating allegations of past misdeeds by the military.

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"As prosecutors we are required to be wholly objective in our approach".

"This includes funding all his legal costs and providing welfare support".

The march had been banned by Northern Ireland's police and the British Army, but organizers wanted a peaceful demonstration, avoiding confrontation at the barricades with the well-armed soldiers.

Over time, though, the victims' families got organized, campaigned for justice and eventually, more than 25 years after the killings, when a peace deal was signed in Northern Ireland, the British government committed to a full-scale inquiry. "However, that does not mean that we do not have compassion for all those who are affected by our decisions".

Papers before prosecutors included 668 witness statements and numerous photos, video and audio evidence.

Kate Nash's brother William was shot dead and her father wounded on Bloody Sunday. Six of them were 17 years old. I can still see his smiling face that day when he left home.

"No-one in the Armed Forces wants to be above the law, but what we did need to do is ensure that they do have the protection so that they don't feel under threat".

According to RTÉ, the retired soldier is expected to robustly contest the charges.

A silent crowd lines both sides of the road as the funeral procession of those who died Bloody Sunday passes, 02-02-1972.

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