FAMILIES of those shot in the Ballymurphy massacre have welcomed moves which could see former British soldiers prosecuted for the killings.
An inquest last year into the August 1971 shooting in which 10 people died found that all of the victims were “entirely innocent” and that in the majority of cases the force used was disproportionate.
The law states that when the coroner finds that a crime has been committed, a report of the circumstances must be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Coroner Ms Justice Keegan wrote to the DPP last week offering transcripts and other materials relating to her inquest.
John Teggart, whose 44-year-old father Danny was among those killed, said the inquest’s verdict showed that criminal offenses had been committed and those responsible must be held to account.
He said more than 50 years later authorities had still not conducted a “proper investigation”.
Mr Teggart has called for former British soldiers who refused to appear at the inquest to be arrested and questioned.
“We’re not just talking about murder prosecutions, other crimes within the court like refusing to appear or contempt of court need to be brought to justice,” he said.
The activist said the families were seeking to meet with the Director of Public Prosecutions to establish the scope of any investigation.
“I hope the soldiers’ doors are knocked and I hope they have a lot of sleepless nights because the families of the Ballymurphy massacre are not over, there is still work to be done,” he said. declared.
Mr Teggart also rejected UK government proposals for a statute of limitations for disorderly offences.
“The UK Government should not interfere with legal processes such as inquiries or civil proceedings, they should keep their dirty hands out of that,” he said.