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 Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta clashes with President Obama on LGBT equality: ‘Gay rights is really a non-issue’
- 2 Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
- 3 Mers outbreak: Manchester Royal Infirmary A&E closes over suspected cases
- 4 Jon Snow alive? New Game of Thrones toy line suggests he's not among the dead
- 5 Denmark bans kosher and halal slaughter as minister says ‘animal rights come before religion’
The 9 charts that show the 'left-wing' policies of Jeremy Corbyn the public actually agrees with
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
The last thing Labour needs is a leader like Jeremy Corbyn who people want to vote for
What the Labour party could look like under Jeremy Corbyn
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive is required t...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + competitive: SThree: £20000 - £25000 per annum + c...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides a number ...
£15000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Do you want to work for an exci...