Northern Ireland

Bloody Sunday: DUP call for Martin McGuinness to be questioned

Martin McGuinness
Image caption The Police Ombudsman has refused to confirm if they will investigate the deputy first minister

The police ombudsman has been asked to investigate why the PSNI has not questioned the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness about Bloody Sunday.

The DUP MP Gregory Campbell complained to the ombudsman after claiming the PSNI refused to say whether or not they planned to question Mr McGuinness.

Mr Campbell said that he should be interviewed as part of the Bloody Sunday investigation after Lord Saville said Mr McGuinness was "probably" carrying a Thompson sub-machine gun on the day. Mr McGuinness denies this.

The Police Ombudsman has confirmed that a complaint has been received but refused to give any further details.

It is not clear if the office intends to take any action.

Image caption Thirteen people were killed on Bloody Sunday in January 1972 and another died of his injuries some months later

Mr Campbell said that if the police do not question Martin McGuinness it will be a "dereliction of duty".

'Questions to answer'

"The same report that concluded that the soldiers had some questions to answer also concluded that Martin McGuinness had a sub-machine gun," said the East Londonderry MP.

"Nobody seriously believes he was using it to plant tomatoes. He had a sub-machine gun so what was he doing with it? The police need to question him about that.

"It is now the police ombudsman's job to establish why they intend not to question him and if necessary, to say they should.

"It's not a big ask in the interest of fairness," added Mr Campbell.

Report being compiled

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney said: "Gregory Campbell's latest stunt is only aimed to distract from the fact that 14 innocent civilians were murdered by the British Parachute regiment and 13 others injured on that day.

"Gregory would be better served using his influence to ensure the British soldiers and those who commanded them assist, in full, the PSNI investigation.

"Mr Campbell's latest outburst is indicative of him striving to make himself relevant from his retirement home at Westminster."

A PSNI spokesman said: "As a complaint has been made to the office of the police ombudsman it would be inappropriate to comment at this time."

Det Ch Insp Ian Harrison, from Legacy Investigation Branch, said: "Police have concluded interviews with former military personnel and are in the process of compiling a report for the PPS."

The police investigation into the events on Bloody Sunday is continuing.

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