DPP consulted prior to Bloody Sunday move
THE PSNI has confirmed the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) were consulted before a decision to investigate the deaths in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday was made but there was no political input whatsover.
The police said there was no input from the devolved Department of Justice, the Executive or the Assembly.
Neither was there any liason between the Chief Constable Matt Baggot or any of his officers with the Policing Board or the Police Ombudsman.
The force made the revelation in response to a Freedom of Information request.
The inquirer asked: “Whether there is any dedicated team investigating, say, the murder of Harold Sinnamon and others whose murders by the PIRA dating back to 1972 and subsequently remain unresolved.”
Mr David Harold Sinnamon was a 34-year-old member of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) blown up by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on April 1974 in Dungannon.
Mr Sinnamon was killed by a remote controlled bomb detonated when his UDR foot patrol passed a derelict house in the Tyrone town.
The PSNI responded: “The Historical Enquiries Team (HET) re-examine all deaths attributable to the security situation in Northern Ireland between 1968 and the signing of the Belfast Agreement in April 1998.
“Where it is apparent that investigation work is required, which may lead to the initiation of criminal proceedings, HET will refer the case to C2 Serious Crime.”
The PSNI also revealed that since the current Chief Constable assumed command of the PSNI no 60 to 70-year olds have been charged with 40-year-old murders here.
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