Judges grant judicial review of PPS decision to halt prosecution of Soldier F

Prosecutors are to seek an adjournment of a formal move to halt the prosecution of an ex-soldier for two murders on Bloody Sunday to facilitate a legal challenge against the decision.

Thursday, 8th July 2021, 12:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th July 2021, 12:58 pm
Mickey McKinney, whose brother, William McKinney, was shot dead in Londonderry on January 30, 1972.
Mickey McKinney, whose brother, William McKinney, was shot dead in Londonderry on January 30, 1972.

Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service had been due to withdraw proceedings against Soldier F at Derry Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

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Solider F has been facing charges of murdering James Wray and William McKinney on Bloody Sunday in Londonderry on January 30 1972, when troops opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in the Bogside, killing 13 people.

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Mr McKinney’s brother Mickey challenged the PPS decision to halt the prosecution in Belfast High Court.

On Thursday, two judges sitting in the divisional court granted leave for Mr McKinney to challenge the decision by way of a judicial review in September.

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