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Arrest all who were armed on Bloody Sunday: Campbell

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Gregory Campbell, the DUP MP for East Londonderry has called for everyone who was armed on Bloody Sunday, whether uniformed to be arrested.

Speaking during a debate in the House of Commons he said: “Five years ago, the Prime Minister stood at the Dispatch Box and tried to bring closure to the £200 million Saville report, and people across the House and in many sections of society expressed the view that the matter was at an end.

“I predicted in this place at that time that that would not be the end of the matter and, unfortunately, so it has proved. “Does the Minister accept that he needs to meet the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to ensure that, irrespective of whether people were in or out of uniform, if they had machine guns or probably had sub-machine-guns, like Martin McGuinness, they should be subject to the law and questioned equally, in order to be brought before the courts?”

Conservative MP and Under Secretary for Northern Ireland Ben Wallace replied to the question, saying: “The Chief Constable is absolutely adamant that, in all criminal inquiries, he will treat people the same.

“He will investigate and he will follow the course of action. It was not that long ago that we were hearing cries about Sinn Féin politicians being arrested and taken in for questioning. I have confidence that the Chief Constable, who is respected by Members on both sides of the House, will follow his professional training, pursue people based on evidence and treat them fairly in that process. I cannot get involved in investigations.

“I cannot go to see the Chief Constable to interfere.

“If I did and the result was the same and there was no evidence in a particular case, it would never be allowed to be gotten away with. People would accuse me that I had interfered with a case and someone would be prevented from clearing their name.”

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