12-year, 5,000-page report aiming to unlock the truth
Tuesday 15 June 2010
The Saville Inquiry into the deaths of 13 civil rights marchers on Bloody Sunday is expected to exonerate the dead from involvement in violence and counter allegations from the first inquiry.
It was first commissioned in 1998 by Tony Blair after extensive calls from families of the victims to re-evaluate the incident. Its chairman, Lord Saville of Newdigate, was briefed to establish a definitive version of the events of Sunday 30 January 1972 that would supersede the first, and now widely discredited, tribunal set up by Lord Widgery in the aftermath of the shootings.
The inquiry officially opened in 2000 when formal public hearings began at the Guildhall in Derry. This culminated in public hearings on 116 days over the year, clocking up more than 600 hours of evidence from eyewitnesses.
Nearly 1,000 witnesses gave evidence, including soldiers, civilians, police, politicians, forensic experts, journalists, civilians, priests and members of the IRA, including Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister.
Originally scheduled to be published by 2007, the findings have been hampered by delays that have invited mounting criticism and seen costs escalate. The total cost of the investigation is now thought to be around £191m.
The 5,000-page report, which will go on sale to the public for £550, is expected to formally renounce the findings of the 1974 inquiry by Lord Widgery, that has since been widely dismissed as a "whitewash".
The report is finally set to be published almost 12 years after the inquiry was established. Family members will be able to view the report in a secure room inside the Guildhall before lining up on a stage in the square to give their verdict on its findings.
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 3 Katie Hopkins attacked me on Twitter — so I reported her to the police for inciting racial hatred
- 4 Tidal: Jay Z's Spotify rival streaming service criticised for making wealthy artists even richer
- 5 Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
Britain First 'acting like Ukip henchmen' by invading meeting of activists in revenge for pub protest against Nigel Farage
Costa Concordia: Shipment of Mob drugs was hidden aboard cruise liner when it hit rocks off Italian coast, investigators say
Brixton squat flats now costing up to £3k per month show how out of control rent is in London
A new (old) cure for MRSA? Revolting recipe from the Dark Ages may be key to defeat infection
Turkey power cut: Prime Minister says nationwide blackout could be caused by terrorists
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This leading supplier of compliance software a...
£24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Associate System Engineer r...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Executive Assistant is required to join a l...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...