IL RAPPORTO SAVILLE DOPO LE ELEZIONI?
Si fa sempre più concreto lo slittamento della pubblicazione del rapporto Saville sulla Bloody Sunday, dopo le General Election
In un comunicato il segretario di stato Shaun Woodward ha confermato quello che già era un concreto timore.
Con ogni probabilità la pubblicazione del rapporto Saville slitterà a dopo le elezioni generali.
Il documento avrebbe dovuto essere rivelato in data odierna, ma come da news della scorsa settimana è deciso un controllo supplettivo dei contenuti a fini di sicurezza nazionale. A svolgere il lavoro sarà un gruppo composto da funzionari e legali, ivi compresi membri del Ministero della Difesa e del MI5.
Per contro i legali dei soldati del Reggimento Paracadutisti del British Army, direttamente coinvolti nella causa, non potranno esaminare la relazione prima della sua pubblicazione.
“Una volta che il processo di controllo è stato completato, potrà essere stabilita la data di pubblicazione e la relazione potrà essere stampata,” ha dichiarato Woodward.
Resta inteso che se ciò non dovesse avvenire prima dello scioglimento del Parlamento, la relazione rimarrebbe in custodia a Lord Saville.
Election may delay Saville report (BBC News Northern Ireland)
The Saville report into Bloody Sunday may not be made public until after the general election is held, NI Secretary Shaun Woodward has said.
It will be reviewed by government advisers to ensure it does not endanger anyone or breach national security.
In a statement, Mr Woodward said that if parliament is dissolved before the report has been checked, it would remain with Lord Saville.
He said a date for publication would be set once the checks take place.
On Monday, a spokesperson from the Inquiry said Lord Saville had now given his final approval to the proofs of the report.
The report will be checked by a small team of officials and legal advisers, which will include members drawn from the Ministry of Defence and MI5.
However, lawyers representing the soldiers directly involved in the inquiry would not be allowed to check the report before its publication.
“Once the checking process is complete, a publication date can be set and the report can be printed,” Mr Woodward’s
“It is, of course, possible that a general election might be called in the meantime.
“Lord Saville has informed me that if it becomes clear that it will not be possible for the report to be published in advance of the dissolution of Parliament, the tribunal will agree to retain custody of the report until after the general election.”
Relatives of the victims of Bloody Sunday and the soldiers most centrally involved in the inquiry would be given an advance sight of the report on the day of its publication.
‘Too much detail’
Earlier on Monday, Lord Saville was criticised by leading QC, Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC, who represented the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association at the inquiry.
Sir Louis said Lord Saville took the wrong approach in the inquiry by going into so much detail.
“He wanted to be able to demonstrate, if it was possible, that the bullet from the rifle of Soldier X was fired and entered the back of an innocent person fleeing from gunshot and was killed by that shot,” he said.
“I think that 30 years after the event, it must be obvious, I think to most people, that it is not going to be possible to discover that.”
Families of the victims have said they fear the report could be delayed or amended before publication and asked the government to ensure the report remained in the care of Lord Saville until all the checks were carried out.
Thirteen people died after paratroopers opened fire during a civil rights march in Londonderry in January 1972. Another person died later of their injuries some time later.