Security shall be tight at Londonderry Magistrates Court for the first hearing in the case of a former British soldier charged with two murders in 1972.
Known solely as ‘Soldier F’, the veteran shall be represented by his authorized group however isn’t anticipated to look in person at this stage of proceedings.
He is the one former British soldier presently going through prosecution in relation to occasions on what grew to become referred to as Bloody Sunday 47 years in the past.
Thirteen individuals have been shot useless and a fourteenth died months later from his accidents when members of the Parachute Regiment opened hearth after a civil rights march in Derry.
The accused, now in his late 60s, shall be charged with the murders of two males, Jim Wray and William McKinney.
He shall be additional charged with the tried murders of 4 others, Joseph Friel, Michael Quinn, Joe Mahon and Patrick O’Donnell.
‘Soldier F’, who can’t be recognized for authorized causes, faces an extra cost of trying to homicide “persons unknown” – a complete of seven expenses.
In a letter to family of the victims, the Public Prosecution Service stated it had acquired affirmation that the case “will be challenged in the Magistrates Court”.
“This means that the hearing on 18th September will likely be a short procedural hearing in relation to the timetabling of the case going forward,” it added.
Prosecutors defined that the case wouldn’t be continuing as a committal hearing at this stage and “as such the accused will not be attending in person”.
The letter added that in the occasion of “lawful protests” exterior the Bishop Street courthouse, entry into and out of the constructing wouldn’t be impeded.