Ex-soldiers Deny Murder Of IRA Member In Landmark 'Troubles' Trial
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Mon 26th April 2021 | 05:50 PM
Belfast, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Apr, 2021 ) :Two former soldiers appeared in court on Monday to deny the 1972 murder of an IRA paramilitary in a trial set to unpick the legacy of Britain's military intervention in Northern Ireland.
The trial, which is due to last four weeks, has angered the serving and former members of the military, and seen the government vow to legislate to prevent further prosecutions.
British servicemen arrived in the province on a mission to keep the peace in 1969 but were involved in some of the bloodiest chapters of the conflict, which saw a total of 3,500 killed on all sides.
Some feel soldiers' actions were state-sanctioned and legitimate by comparison to shadowy paramilitaries operating amongst pro-Ireland nationalist and pro-UK unionist communities.
Others feel servicemen should be held to higher standards than paramilitaries and that a blanket amnesty would imply guilt amongst all soldiers.
According to Ulster University's Sutton Index of deaths, the British Army was responsible for around 300 killings over the course of operations, which officially ended in 2007.
"They served their country, they did their best. War is messy and we need to find a solution for everybody."